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
State for the fall of
The quarterback was being heavily
recruited by both Iowa and
State and was also receiving interest
"First of all
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
State, but his choice had already
"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
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