Winter Wonderland

Coaches at northern schools usually have to fret about the wintry weather when hosting southerners on their official visits. The cold weather and snow has been known to turn more than a few of those kids off. But that wasn't the case for Houston-area standout Jerrod Black.

When Jerrod Black left his Texas home on January 20th to make his official visit to the Iowa State campus, he was introduced to something he had never seen in person before.


"It was cool," Black thought.  "I could get used to playing in this weather."

Black arrived on campus with fellow prospects Cameron Bell (committed to ISU), Alex Cook (reportedly favoring Arkansas), and David Anderson (committed to Oklahoma). Black not only met with the ISU coaches he also got an opportunity to meet and speak with Bret Meyer. From there it was off to tour the campus with current Cyclone defensive lineman Austin Alburtis.

"I just fell in love with the campus," Black said.  

Black said he was first recruited by ISU during his junior year, when he was an all-district selection, by former coach Dan McCarney.  In fact, he was offered a scholarship early on by the Cyclones but just wasn't ready to commit at that time. 

Then after a successful senior season at Cypress Falls (High School) in Houston, which included a trip to the Texas state finals, Black was courted by more major Division I-A programs and was eventually offered by numerous schools including Houston, Missouri, Arizona, Texas Tech, and Texas A&M. 
With the coaching change at ISU he didn't know what to expect from the Cyclones, but new coach Gene Chizik picked up where his predecessor left off.

After various coaches paid visits to his home, Black narrowed his choices to ISU and Texas A&M. It was at that point that coach Chizik went to Houston to pay a personal visit to Jerrod and his family. Following that visit Jerrod talked with his family about where he should go. 
Taking in to consideration that he will pursue a degree in engineering, and the fact that his parents and grandparents really liked the Cyclones' new staff, it became apparent that Ames with its cold and snow was the place Jerrod Black wanted to be. 
"I could see getting playing time as a freshman," Black said. "But I would have no problems redshirting to add weight and bulk."

Black, 6 feet 2 inches and 270 pounds, is rated a 2-star prospect by 

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