Commitment #4!

It was a must-get and a big-get. When one of the top players and quarterbacks in the nation in the rising senior class has the same area code as you do, you have to sign him. While Signing Day is still almost eight months away, we already know that Iowa State may have landed its biggest get of the 2006 recruiting class.

Off the field the Cy-Hawk battle has been raging for months over Ames High School's Austen Arnaud and Monday morning he ended the debate by verbally committing to Iowa State for the fall of 2006.


The quarterback was being heavily recruited by both Iowa and Iowa State and was also receiving interest from Virginia, Nebraska, Kansas State and Michigan.


"First of all [Iowa State was] the first to offer me a scholarship," Arnaud said. "So right away I felt Coach Mac and his staff were dedicated to me as a player,"


Last week Arnaud camped at both Iowa and Iowa State, but his choice had already been made.


"I had made up my mind a couple of weeks ago on what I wanted to do," Arnaud said. "I was just making sure I was making the right decision."


Arnaud's father, John, also played football for Iowa State; he was the starting strong safety for the Cyclones from 1980-81.


"For me I thought [Iowa State] was his only choice," John joked. "I told him to make his own decision. One time about two months ago he had an Iowa shirt underneath and an Iowa State shirt on top and I said ‘whatever's going to be your best bet.'"


Arnaud threw for 1,251 yard and nine touchdowns his junior year. He also ran for 204 yard and had five rushing touchdowns.

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