Junior Profile: DT/NG Nate Frere

Now that the Cyclones' 2005 signing class is in the books, it's time to take a look at some of the top in-state juniors. One of those should have some name familiarity for Iowa State fans.

Muscatine junior Nate Frere is the younger brother of redshirt freshman-to-be Nick and will likely get plenty of Division I attention as the recruiting process plays out. The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder is already getting plenty of interest through the mail.

But first thing's first, Nate says, and that's focusing on having a banner year this fall.

"It's always in the back of my mind and I'm thinking about the recruiting process and who's looking at me," he said. "But for right now I'm focused on my senior season. I've got to finish high school before college, so that's where I am.

"I haven't gotten any offers yet. Iowa State and Iowa are probably the top two. I've gotten some mail from Wisconsin, Notre Dame, and a few others. Right now I'm planning on going to the camps at Iowa State and Iowa. We'll see how it goes from there."

With his older brother enjoying his time in Ames, the question begs asking. Do you want to join Nick as a Cyclone teammate?

"I would like to do my own thing, but if I like Iowa State more than another school, then I'll go there," Nate said. "But it would be nice to get to play with Nick again."

In addition to what he's already learned from his brother, this rising prep senior is becoming more familiar with the Cyclone program.

"Nick and I are really close and talk at least two or three times a week," Nate said. "We try to stay close. I just went to Junior Day at Iowa State, and it was nice to have some more one-on-one time with the coaches. Plus, the basketball game was pretty good. I know what's going on over there."

Frere, who is projected as a defensive tackle or nose guard at the next level, earned first-team all-state and all-conference honors as a junior after recording 13 tackles-for-loss and four sacks as a junior.

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