Kris Means Business

Iowa State's ninth known commitment for the class of 2006 is a keeper – both on and off the field.


Kris Means let Coach Tony Alford know he was going to be a Cyclone on Sunday night and shared the news with Head Coach Dan McCarney on Monday morning.


Means is the whole package, a talented football player and a great student; he carries a 3.84 GPA at Grand Junction (Colo.) High School.


It was a bit of both – football and academics – that lead Means to Iowa State.


"A lot of it was academics," he said. "They're one of the top schools in the nation for what I want to major in – chemical engineering – so that had a lot to do with.


"When I was there for the camp the coaches made me feel like family, not like I was just a football player it was more. They actually care about their players."


Means had offers from Colorado and Colorado State; Arizona State and UCLA were also showing interest in the linebacker/running back.


The 6-foot, 225 pounder, ran a personal best 4.53/40 at the NIKE Combine. He said he'll probably play SAM and middle linebacker for Iowa State.


"If I was going to do running back, I'd be more of a fullback," Means said. "They're looking at me just as a linebacker."


At Grand Junction, Means starts both ways and said his high school team is embarking on what looks to be a promising season.


"We returned all our skill position players, so hopefully we're looking to make a run at the state championship," he said. "We have 22 seniors."


While at Iowa State's padded camp in June, Means got to meet another potential Cyclone from Colorado – Mullen Prep star Chris Carney.


Means said the two became good friends at the camp and hopes his decision influences Carney to follow in his footsteps.


"When we were [in Ames] together we both had a lot of fun and we both felt the same way," Means said. "Coming away from there we both liked it a lot. I hope he will commit because he's a great corner and great person to be around and I would love to play with him."


In previous interviews Means had said he probably wouldn't make his decision until after his senior season, but he decided to take the pressure off his final year.


"I kind of had made up my mind but I wanted to see what was going to happen," he said. "I talked to my parents and I knew that if even I had waited and got other offers I was still going to go to Iowa State."


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