Better Late Then Never

After an outstanding high school career Reggie Rock was a highly sought after recruit and just days before Iowa State began practicing Rock signed with the Cyclones.

Iowa State picked up a late addition to the 2005 football squad when Reggie Rock became a Cyclone.


Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Florida, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Oregon State and Utah were some of the main schools after Rock. He was going to go to Virginia Tech, but changed his mind at the last moment.


"The whole situation was I didn't get qualified until late, so basically I came up here and talked to Coach McCarney and we came to an agreement," Rock said.


Rock arrived in Ames two days before media day and was happy to be playing for a coach he admired.


"Coach McCarney, he's a great guy and I would love to play for him," Rock said.


The 5-foot-10 quarterback/defensive back transferred from Coral Gables (Fla.) Senior High to Cretin Derham-Hall (St. Paul, Minn.) after his freshman year.


"I actually came down here my sophomore year for camp so I got to know [Coach McCarney] there and over a period of time I got to know what he was like," Rock said.


Rock will play cornerback for the Cyclones, even though he passed for 2,050 yards and 26 touchdowns as junior; he also rushed for 475 yards and five touchdowns.


In his senior campaign, Rock moved to defensive back, where he racked up 30 tackles, 24 of which were solo.


His honors include first-team Star Tribune All-Metro and second-team All-State by the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Associated Press.


Iowa State's proximity to St. Paul was also a factor for Rock.


"That was the main thing also, being close to my family," he said.


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