Iowa State is in on a potential gold mine in the city of Fort Collins, Col. As many as seven players might be possible division one recruits heading into next season but two of them are being recruited heavily early on by the Cyclone coaching staff.
One recruit is Dan Byers. Byers is
a 6'0, 225 pound linebacker who is the brother of Jeff Byers, Scout.com's number
one player in the nation in 2004. Jeff is currently playing at USC.
"I'm going to take an unofficial out there. I'm going to visit and meet up with some of the coaches and I'll look at the facilities and the campus," said Byers.
Byers will be visiting the weekend of April 27-29 when he will also be attending the Drake Relays.
"I really like the coaching staff. I've been talking directly with Coach Alford. I've really gotten to know him pretty well. He's a really fun guy that has a lot of enthusiasm."
One of Byers's former teammates
"He says great things about the program. They've really turned him into a great football player. He's got nothing but awesome things to say about it," said Byers.
Another thing that the Cyclones
have going for them in the case of Byers is the fact that his family is
"My family is from
Byers's junior campaign was different to say the least. Coming off of an ankle injury in his sophomore season, Byers was moved from linebacker to nose guard for most of the season due to his lack of mobility coming off of the injury.
"I really liked how D-line gave me a chance to engage blockers. Playing linebacker I was used to shutting blockers but when you're on the D-line you can't get away from guys. You have to take them head on and it really allowed me to get more physical. It was a great learning experience to play through an injury and be able to contribute to my team that way," said Byers.
Along with Byers,
"Me and Zach Donaldson have been in direct contact with the coaches. They've shown really high interest in both of us. There's definitely a realistic shot that we could both be there. We're both really interested in the program," said Byers.
In addition to Byers and
Donaldson, five other soon to be seniors at
Byers said that
"We all kind of discuss it and we know that Derrick went there and it's a really cool school. They're really going to great places. We're really fortunate to have a lot of talent on our team. We have a lot of really good football players who are just sort of beginning the process of recruiting."
In the end, Byers did say that his decision won't be based on where he friends are going to end up.
"Where I pick to go to school isn't going to directly related to where my friends want to go. If it turns out that way and we all find a school that fits us then that's something that would be really cool and really interesting," said Byers.