Blythe Decision Could Hinge on Cy-Hawk Battle

Both Iowa State and Iowa are in a battle for an elite wide receiver from Indianola. How they fare on the football field this fall could determine where he ends up.

Indianola wide receiver Todd Blythe continues to get a lot of attention from schools outside the state of Iowa, but it appears his preference right now is to make a choice between the Cyclones and Hawkeyes.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pounder who has great speed and athletic ability caught 54 passes for 790 yards and eight touchdowns last fall, in addition to pulling down seven interceptions as a defensive back for the Indians.

ISU and Iowa were the first programs to offer and are currently tops on his list, according to Indianola head coach Dave Summy.

"Iowa State and Iowa have both offered him and it's a 50-50 tossup between both," Summy said. "He likes them both. He's been to their camps and has been up to watch them practice. He likes the coaching staffs. I think he can't miss by picking either one of them."

A number of other marquee programs are also recruiting Blythe, his coach said.

"Todd also went to Kansas State's camp and they are interested in him," Summy said. "Missouri and Oregon have sent stuff to him. A lot of schools in this area are looking at Todd. He's an excellent prospect."

According to Summy, ISU got involved last spring and didn't take long to offer Blythe a scholarship. The wide receiver's performance in padded camp this past summer reinforced their commitment to recruiting him. Secondary coach Chris Ash has been the primary recruiter, although Head Coach Dan McCarney has personally visited Indianola.

"Both teams have been very interested in him," Summy said. "They saw what he could do in the camps and were impressed in him."

As far as making a decision, Blythe will most likely take official visits after the football campaign instead of making up his mind in the near future. Summy thinks the September 14th Iowa-Iowa State game could be a determining factor in which school his star player eventually selects.

"I would be surprised if he commits to anybody early," Summy said. "I think he's going to wait until towards the end of the season. That's just my own gut feeling. He could change. He wants to take visits and be able to compare the programs and see what they've got.

"He especially wants to see what the two schools in state do. They both have senior quarterbacks and he wants to see what the backups and receivers do and who's coming back. He just wants to take a total look at both programs, which is the smart thing to do."

Another factor could be immediate playing time.

"I think every kid wants to get on the field as soon as they can, but Todd realizes that if he goes to a very good program that's established you're going to have guys waiting in the wings and you have to work your way in," Summy said. "But he also wants to play right away."

Although Blythe is being primarily looked at as a wide receiver, he has been a more-than-capable defensive back at Indianola. He intercepted seven passes last fall and earned consensus all-state praise as a defender.

However, Summy still believes Blythe will get his first look on offense.

"I think his strength is as a receiver, because of his size, speed and jumping ability," Summy said. "He can do both. All I know is if I had him, he'd be playing receiver."

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