Commitment Update: Dowling TE Trent Flander

West Des Moines Dowling senior Trent Flander gave his commitment to Iowa State several months ago, but that won't diminish the official visit he takes to Ames this weekend. Flander says he still has some work to do when he travels to ISU.

"I'm taking my official visit this weekend with A.J. Haase," said Trent Flander. "I'm looking forward to meeting some players that already go to Iowa State, so I can learn from them. I'm also looking forward to meeting some of the recruits they're having in, and hopefully we can convince them to commit. They still need about 10 more of them."

Although his phone hasn't been ringing off the hook like other recruits that have yet to commit, Flander is still getting plenty of attention from his school of choice. He recently hosted a pair of Cyclone coaches on an in-home visit.

"Coach McCarney and Coach Alford came to my house (Monday) night," he said. "We just discussed my chances of playing next year and what weight they really want me to play at next year. They want me at 240 pounds, and I'm about 220 right now. I could easily put on 20 pounds. They also talked about the future of the team and how much fun it was going to be."

All indications are that Flander will begin his career as a tight end, as opposed to defensive end where he also starred as a Dowling player.

"I'm going to start out at tight end," he said. "They said I'm used to playing that position, have good hands, and am pretty physical on that side of the ball."

For now, Flander will enjoy the months he has left of high school. Then, he will start working out with his future teammates in Ames once he's allowed to by NCAA rules.

"I don't think I'm allowed to come up there and lift with them until I graduate from high school, but when I sign my letter-of-intent I can get my workout plan," he said. "I'll do that at home. Then on June 8th, I'll start going up there and working out with the team."

Flander is one of nine known Cyclone commitments for the Class of 2005.

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