Post-Signing Day Evaluation: Fiacco

CycloneNation.com is breaking down Iowa State's football recruiting class of 2005, one by one. The sixth in a series of 25 player evaluations is Hartland (Wisc.) Arrowhead High School offensive lineman Jason Fiacco.

Jason Fiacco
Offensive Line
Oconomowoc, Wis. (Arrowhead HS)
6-1/300/5.1
#92/***

The Particulars -- First-team all-state pick by The Associated Press, Wisconsin Football Coaches Association, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and badgerstatepreps.com (twice) ... first lineman to be named conference offensive player of the year ... three-time all-conference selection on offense, once on defense ... two-time Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel all-area team ... two-time Waukesha Freeman all-county team ... Lake Country all-area team ... team captain ... four-year letterwinner ... school's first freshman lineman letterwinner ... team won 39 games in four years ... started 38 consecutive games, including two Wisconsin Division 1 state championship games ... notched over 300 pancake/knockdown blocks in his career ... 2002 squad (sophomore season) set school, conference and county all-time scoring records ... ranked in Rivals' Wisconsin Top 10 ... SuperPrep all-Midwest team ... among the top 100 offensive linemen in the country by Scout.com ... on Scout.com's Wisconsin Top 15 list ... coached by Tom Taraska ... state weightlifting record holder ... 2002 USA Weightlifting national champion in the School Age division (Boys 14-16 105+ kg).

Seals' scouting report – Jason was perhaps the most impressive player on the recruiting class highlight video, offensively or defensively. Some critics might question Fiacco's height, but his physical strength more than make up for it. He attracted several Division I offers relatively early in the process, and his impressive play in ISU's summer camp showed why. The Fisher twins gained much of the publicity as ‘impact' linemen, but Fiacco might also be ready to factor into the depth chart right away.

ISU offensive coordinator on Fiacco – "He was very impressive on the highlight video; it was an eye opener. He is a mauler and absolute finisher. You saw that type of play over and over. He doesn't finish until he wins, and I feel real good about him. I'm not one bit concerned that he's only 6-1 and not 6-4 or 6-5. I think he can be an excellent Big 12 lineman. Hopefully he will be competing for a spot in the future."

Short-term outlook – Strength will certainly not be an issue that holds Fiacco back when he arrives in Ames. Learning the offensive system and blocking schemes will be the main obstacle. However, it's very difficult for an offensive lineman to play as a true freshman. He will likely provide some depth on the interior of the line, fitting in somewhere behind Scott Stephenson and Kory Pence at guard.


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