Commitment #6!

The Cyclones didn't have to search very far for their sixth football commitment for the class of 2006. They found him in-state, and at perhaps the top high school football program in Iowa.

The chase is over for West Des Moines Valley's Zac Sandvig – at least off the field. Sandvig verbally committed to the Cyclones Thursday after an impressive showing at Iowa State's padded camp.


"I talked with my high school coach and he said he doesn't think I would have gotten this offer if I wouldn't have gone to camp," Sandvig said.


The 5-foot-10, 175 pounder was clocked at Kansas Nike camp running a 4.4/40 yard dash. Last week he attended both Iowa and Iowa State's camps. He said he ran a 4.46 at Iowa and a 4.51 on Iowa State's "slower" surface.


Throughout this high school career, Sandvig played running back for the Tigers, but at Iowa State's camp he became a defender.


"They wanted to see me on the defensive side of the ball – to see me working backwards instead of forwards," Sandvig said. "It was real difficult, it was weird at first, but eventually I got the hang of it. It's going to take a lot of practice and hard work getting the hand of back peddling instead of running forward, but I'll get the hang of it."


The Cyclones recruited Sandvig as a wide receiver, defensive back or running back.


"[Coach McCarney] said he doesn't know what position I'll be able to play until he has a chance to coach me," Sandvig said.


Iowa State was the first to offer Sandvig, who was also receiving interest from Iowa and Wisconsin. Sandvig was scheduled to attend Wisconsin's camp this weekend, but cancelled after committing to Iowa State.


Sandvig won't be the only Tiger on the Cyclone squad. Valley teammate Patrick Neal announced his allegiance to Iowa State earlier this week. Neal moved to Valley after last football season, so the two haven't played a down together yet.


"We've been in the weight room and we've become real good friends," Sandvig said. "We'll be putting the pads on together in the next couple months. It'll be pretty exciting to have another high school teammate up there with me at Iowa State."


Cyclone fans might remember another pretty impressive former Tiger running back – Jason Scales just completed his freshman year at Iowa State. Scales finished his Valley career rushing for 6,050 yards and 78 touchdowns, including a state record nine touchdowns in one game.


Scales was a senior when Sandvig was a sophomore. He said Scales was more of a supporter than a coach to him.


"I was his back up for the playoffs," Sandvig said. "He aggravated his ankles and I played the first two games until he was ready to go back. He was a phenomenal high school player and is going to be an awesome college football player."


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