Post-Signing Day Evaluation: Dale is breaking down Iowa State's football recruiting class of 2005, one by one. The fifth in a series of 25 player evaluations is Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar defensive end Stephon Dale.

Stephon Dale
Defensive Line
Fort Myers, Fla. (Dunbar HS)

The Particulars -- High School: Honorable mention all-state in Class 2A ... team finished 8-4, and was a state playoff qualifier ... competed in the Greg Carrigan All-Star Classic as a senior … coached by Greg Baloga ... teammate of ISU signee Chris Singleton.

Seals' scouting report – One of the true sleepers in this recruiting class, Dale fell under the radar screens of many Division I programs because of his late qualifying score. When he did score a 20 on the ACT, Dale became the subject of some late recruiting attempts. But give credit to Cyclone recruiter Chris Ash for a job well done. Dale is a prospect with as much upside as any 2005 classmate.

ISU secondary coach Chris Ash on Dale – "He's never really lifted weights before and is a good natural athlete that can run really well. He started the season at defensive end and they needed him at middle linebacker, so he moved there and had a good football year. He can't play linebacker at this level, but he can grow into a nice defensive end. Once he gets into college and starts lifting, he is going to blow up and be a big kid. We're going to start him out at defensive end, but I wouldn't be surprised if in a couple years he moves to defensive tackle. A lot of schools were worried about him academically not being able to qualify, so they weren't recruiting him early on. Once he did get his qualifying test score, a lot of schools jumped in. The good thing is that I already had my foot in the door. That relationship I already built ended up paying off."

Short-term outlook – Since it's apparent Dale doesn't have the speed to play outside linebacker, he'll likely need some time to develop the strength and add a few pounds in order to play on the edge. Dale will be asked to start out as a rush end, but has the frame to develop into a strong-side end or even a defensive tackle. ISU is pretty much set in the two-deep at both end spots for this season, with Shawn Moorehead and Korey Smith returning, and JUCO transfer John Machado new to the mix. Starting end Cephus Johnson is also likely to return after a suspension.

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