"I committed to them," said Josh Raven. "They have always expressed a lot of interest in me and were there the whole recruiting process. I enjoyed the atmosphere they have. My visit went pretty well. I met all of the coaches, new recruits, and players. I toured the facilities and enjoyed my time at Iowa State."
The younger brother of Tampa Bay Buccaneer standout Greg Spires, Raven is looking forward to playing at the next level.
"They're going to move me from defensive end to linebacker," he said. "I don't think it's going to be much of a change. I think I can do it. I met the defensive coaches and they seem like really nice guys that I can get along with. They're excited about me coming up there and showing what I can do."
In bringing Raven to Ames, the Cyclones are adding a defensive player with world-class speed. Raven has run a 4.4 40 time and upgrades the speed on that side of the ball greatly.
"Iowa State likes the fact that I'm always around the ball, my motor is always running, and I have a nose for the ball," Raven said. "I make plays, and that is what is most important on defense."