On Saturday in Iowa City some of the best high school football players in all of the Midwest will be at the Scout.com combine being held. Among them will be some of Iowa State's top recruiting targets in 2007. Find out who right here in this CN feature on the IC Scout Combine. This is part one of a two part story.
Phillip Bates – 6'2, 200 pound QB
– Omaha North HS
Bates currently holds two offers
(Nebraska and Iowa State)
but the deck is stacked against Iowa
State when it comes to landing this top
recruit out of Nebraska. His father played for Nebraska and Lincoln is just right down the road from the
Big O. Iowa State has a connection with Bates as well.
"My dad knows Barney Cotton. He
went to high school with him," said Bates a few months ago in a CN interview.
Last season as a junior, Bates
broke his school's record for total yards in a season. Bates passed for 1,207
for 13 touchdowns and he rushed for 623 yards with eight touchdowns.
Jordan Bernstine – 5'11 185 pound
S - Lincoln High – Des Moines, IA
Bernstine is getting all kinds of
attention from schools in the Big 12. He currently holds offers from Texas
A&M, Nebraska, Purdue, Kansas and
State. This athletic safety
has shown significant interest in the nearby Cyclones. He attended Iowa State's Junior Day and the Spring Game
Fabian Brown – 6'3, 225 pound LB –
Roosevelt HS – Des Moines, IA
Brown was named First Team
All-Conference Linebacker in 2005 and Second Team All-Conference Defensive Line
in 2004. In 2005, Brown recorded 75 tackles. Brown has yet to receive an offer,
but with a strong performance this Saturday, he could receive one from
State in the near future.
Brown is a guy who Iowa State will keep an eye on this spring and
at camps this summer.
Will Eilert – 6'4, 245 pound TE –
Grinnell HS – Grinnell, IA
In 2005, Eilert had 330 receiving
yards on offense but attracted D-1 attention on defense. Eilert had 98 tackles
and eight sacks playing the DE position. Eilert is another recruit who has yet
to receive an offer but hopes to up his stock on Saturday. At 6'4, 245 pounds,
Eilert is tough to pass up.
Shawn Gerard – 6'4, 195 pound LB-
North Scott HS – Eldridge, IA
Gerard has been a regular at
State spring practices this
year and also attended ISU's Junior Day.
"They said that they (Iowa State) were going to keep evaluating me
and wait until camp to see how it goes from there," said
In his junior season for North
Scott, Gerard recorded 103 tackles, 11 of which were for a loss and three fumble
recoveries for his 7-3 team that lost in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.
Cody Hundertmark – 6'4, 265 pound
DT – Humboldt HS – Humboldt, IA
Hundertmark is one half of the
Humboldt connection that is creating a buzz in the state of Iowa. He's another local
kid who has attended numerous spring practices and seems very interested in
playing for Dan McCarney in Ames. Hundertmark was named First Team
All-State by the Des Moines Register and First Team All-Conference as a junior.
Along with Iowa State and Iowa,
Hundertmark is also receiving early attention from Wisconsin, Kansas, Kansas
State and Purdue.
Bryce McNaul – 6'4, 235 pound LB –
Eden Prairie HS – Eden Prairie, MN
Iowa State didn't waste any time with this prime recruit
out of Minnesota as the Cyclones were the second team
in the country to offer McNaul behind Northwestern. Since then, Colorado State, Minnesota and Miami (OH) have jumped into the
mix. McNaul has been to numerous spring practices and is showing significant
interest in the Cyclones. As a junior, McNaul recorded 142 tackles, seven sacks
and three interceptions.
Dave Molk – 6'2, 270 pound OL –
Lemont HS – Lemont, IL
Iowa State is one of many schools who have shown early
confidence in this big offensive lineman out of Illinois. Indiana, Michigan State,
Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Northwestern and
State have all offered Molk
and more offers will be coming.