Latest 2005 Commit Similar to Current Cyclone

Iowa State has struck Gold in the Sunshine State. Head coach Dan McCarney received a commitment from a recruit that garnered plenty of Division I attention during a productive senior season in the Florida high school ranks.

Tavares (Fla.) running back Dominique Rocker gave the Cyclones a verbal commitment yesterday shortly after returning home from his latest official visit to South Florida.

"I have committed to Iowa State this week," said Rocker. "I called Coach Ash and told him that I wanted to play for them. I did it after my latest visit to South Florida. I liked the coaching staff, players, the conference that they play in, and the challenge. They showed me everything I wanted to see on my visit."

Rocker also had scholarship offers from Louisville, Auburn, West Virginia, and Central Florida.

It's easy to see why so many Division I programs coveted Rocker. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior for a Tavares team that finished 11-1 and advanced to the second round of the Class 2A playoffs.

Although he has also proven to be a capable player on defense as a free safety and outside linebacker, Rocker will get his first opportunity on offense for the Cyclones.

The coaches in Ames liked his similarities to current tailback Stevie Hicks.

"I feel like I have a good opportunity," Rocker said. "I want to go pro and I think I can do it there. They're recruiting me to play running back. The coaches were looking for a big back, and that's what I am. I'm a little bit like Stevie Hicks, in that I like to run it up the middle between the tackles."

Rocker had his final official visit scheduled to Central Florida this weekend, but has canceled that trip. He will host Cyclone coaches McCarney and Ash on an in-home visit on Wednesday night.

Rocker is the 21st known commitment for the Class of 2005, and second at the running back position. He will be joining Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson commit James Smith, who will likely be moving to defense upon his arrival in Ames.

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