Four-Star DL Close to Decision

After helping his team to a California Junior College football championship this fall, defensive lineman David Stanton wants to lead a Division I program to new heights next season. Two programs have emerged as finalists, but another one could be on the horizon.

Either way, the 6-foot-5, 275-pounder will be looking to make a decision very soon.

"Michigan State and Iowa State are my top two schools," he said. "I'm taking a trip to Oregon State this weekend, but I'm really excited about Michigan State and Iowa State. I will probably be making a decision on Tuesday. Oregon State is closer to home, but I really like those two schools right now. I'm mostly taking the Oregon State visit because I have a relationship with the coach."

David Stanton, who will likely be transferring in during January, would be one of the top defensive players the Cyclones would sign for the Class of 2005. has him as a four-star player, and it's easy to see why. ISU would like him to come in and compete for a starting job right away.

"They want me to come up there and try to take Tyson Smith's spot," Stanton said. "They want to try me out at defensive end. I'm only 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds right now, I played tackle at my old school and end over here. They said I have a better opportunity, because they like Shawn Moorehead at rush end and they want to try me out at strong-side end or three-technique with Brent Curvey."

Stanton appears to be sold by that opportunity, as well as head coach Dan McCarney's staff in Ames.

ISU has had as many as three coaches visit Stanton recently. Running backs coach Tony Alford made the trip yesterday, while McCarney was out two weeks ago. Defensive line coach Mike Nelson has been Stanton's lead recruiter.

"Iowa State has a great coaching staff," Stanton said. "Coach Nelson and Coach Mac are great coaches. I visited campus the weekend of the Texas A&M game. It was a different experience for me. Just coming from Los Angeles, it was a culture shock going to a small town. Ames is a college town and that's what I like about it."

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