Iowan Set to Sign with Cyclones

After having made a verbal commitment to the Cyclones last August, Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson athlete James Smith had the experience of taking an official visit to his school-of-choice last weekend. It was a different mindset for the speedy in-stater, since he didn't face the burden of a decision.

"It was kind of a different feeling, but I got to meet with the players one-on-one and got to really know what it's like up there," said James Smith, who said he attended most of the Cyclones' home games this season. The campus was pretty nice and they had a good environment up there. Plus, I got a chance to see more of their facilities and weight room."

A few aspects of the ISU program have changed since Smith's initial commitment. Instead of getting a chance to play running back when he joins the program for training camp, he'll instead open his career in the secondary.

But that doesn't bother the 5-foot-9, 180-pounder.

"They told me that I would have to play cornerback instead of running back," he said. "I'm alright with it, just so long as I can get on the field fast. That's where the team is hurting most, and I think I can play the position."

Smith says he's excited to ‘officially' become part of the Cyclone program next week and join the team on the field in 2005.

"I think they had a pretty good season, but we should be able to have a better season next year," he said. "Everyone was so young and they have a chance to mature more. I'm real excited to be a part of it."

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