Hamilton Follows Through With Plan

An Oklahoma high schooler who told CycloneNation.com last week that he'd be committing to the Cyclones on Dec. 26 has followed through with those plans.

Edmond North wide receiver Marquis Hamilton said he spoke with an Iowa State assistant coach today to announce his plans.

"Coach Cotton called me and I told him I was ready to be a Cyclone," said Hamilton. "He jumped right in to asking me if I committed or not. He heard that I was ready to commit, kind of talked to me about it, and asked me if it was true." Hamilton said his relationship with Cotton is what helped him make his decision.

"He was a good recruiter," Hamilton said. "I thought he was the best one that I've been in contact with. He didn't call like every day, so when he did call we talked for a little while. He probably wasn't as persistent as the others guys and that gave us more to talk about."

Hamilton made up his mind early last week, but wanted to take Christmas to talk about his commitment with family members before calling ISU coaches with the news.

"I told them about it and it was a lot of fun," Hamilton said. "They just wanted me to go to college and get my degree. They are happy."

The commitments of Hamilton and Dallas (Texas) Jesuit offensive lineman Reggie Stephens bring ISU's tally to 14 for the Class of 2005.

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