Greg McDermott picked up a huge commitment today when he landed Corey McIntosh out of Fullerton College in California. The story of McIntosh's recruitment is an interesting one. Numerous schools jumped in and out when it came down to signing this stand out JUCO PG. So how exactly did Iowa State land this caliber of player this late in the game? Get all of the details in this CN feature on the recruitment of Corey McIntosh.
Iowa State's newest basketball commit, Corey
McIntosh, is giddy about becoming a Cyclone, for more than one reason. He's
happy with his decision to go to Iowa State, but more than that, he's excited
for this long and in his case weird, recruiting process to finally be over.
"His recruitment has really been
kind of a weird deal. He obviously had a ridiculously phenomenal season. His
recruitment was weird because there were all of the Big Ten teams who were
involved with him," said Dieter Horton, head basketball coach at Fullerton College in California.
Purdue and Penn State were the first Big 10 schools to
show a lot of significant interest in McIntosh. In fact, McIntosh turned down up
to 25 schools because he really felt that Penn State was where he was going to end up.
was really in the lead and to make a long story short, they had a scholarship
but because of a lawsuit on their campus, Penn State kind of backed off at the last
second and couldn't offer the kid," Horton said.
The question of why is
automatically raised. According to Horton, the problem had nothing to do with
the status of McIntosh.
"It had nothing to do with the
kid; it was just something with their AD. Everybody, including all of the scouts
in the area thought that the kid was going to be at Penn State," Horton said.
If it weren't for the Penn State situation, it's likely that McIntosh
would have received even more offers from other big time schools across the
"A lot of people just stopped
recruiting the kid. He had already told so many schools in the Mountain West,
Conference USA, the WAC that he wasn't
interested. He had already told 25 schools no. When his list all of the sudden
blew up and the Penn State thing fell through, all of the
sudden he kind of opened everything back up," Horton said.
When McIntosh re-opened his
recruitment, the ACC schools came calling on the point
"At one point we thought it was
Virginia, Clemson, Miami and the kid just kind of set on those
schools," Horton said.
During this period, McIntosh took
official visits to New Mexico and South Carolina and had
originally wanted to visit Clemson on Thursday.
"He had a visit scheduled for this
Thursday to Clemson, and then last week, mutually both sides just kind of walked
away. It was a mutual deal," Horton said.
Why did that happen? Was it that
State was all of the sudden
interested in him? Iowa State was in the right place at the right
"A friend of mine talked to T.J.
(Otzelberger). They called me and said that they needed a point guard. T.J. had
seen Corey about four times. He thought that they kid was going to Penn State. He didn't think anything of it.
When he heard that he wasn't going to Penn State he called me up and asked if he was
available. I said ‘yeah he's available," Horton said.
It didn't take long for McDermott
and Otzelberger to jump on the situation.
"I told them that if they wanted
to get the kid then this is what I would do. They had him on a plane within 72
hours," said Dieter Horton, head basketball coach at Fullerton College. "They just basically bulldogged
the kid. It was exactly what Corey was looking for. It was exactly what Corey
The long road for McIntosh has
finally come to an end and both parties are extremely pleased with how this
turned out. Iowa
State got one of the bigger
recruiting steals in the country this season, and McIntosh is excited to play
basketball in the Big 12.
Does this story spell out the word
fate to anybody else?
Check out CN on Thursday for a
feature breaking down McIntosh and the style of play that he'll bring with him