Cornerback has become a legacy position for ISU as of late.
Then there was LaMarcus Hicks, who was All-Big 12 for the Cyclones in 2004. He was folllowed by DeAndre Jackson, who was considered a first-day NFL draft pick this April before the knee injury that cut short his senior season.
Next in line could be JUCO transfer Allen Bell. He is one player that ISU coaches are quick to mention every time the subject of which members of the 2007 recruiting class have the best chance to make an immediate impact.
"I'm just glad the whole recruiting experience is over," said Bell, who originally went to Independence on a track scholarship so you know he can run. "I enjoyed the process, but now I'm planning on coming to ISU and taking over as a player, and if that means leading the defense I am willing to accept that role."
Bell is especially excited about playing for ISU's new coaching staff.
"I envision nothing but positives,from the current players to the coaching
staff," Bell said. "I talked to others who knew Coach (Gene) Chizik and they all
talked positive about him and his coaching staff."
Bell said he plans on coming up to Ames to check out the spring game next month and then "it's right back to working out to get into great shape."
"I don't want to let the great ISU Cyclone fans down," Bell said.
Bell's head coach/defensive coordinator at Independence was David Ward, and he's not shy in predicting that Bell will be playing on Sundays soon.
"Allen is pure and simple a game breaker," Ward said. "Allen has the ability to make any play a highlight. Whether he is in coverage or returning, with him being out there something exciting might happen. His strength is his height, speed and hip flexibility. It's unusual to see a corner with his size and ability.
"However, Allen is still very young and little raw in his technique. Still, Allen will be a standout Division I player in just a short time. Once he settles in and has some consistency working with the same coach, Allen has the ability to be great."
Ward was just as impressed with Allen's character off the field as he was his athletic ability on it.
"On and off the field Allen was an inspiration," Ward said. "It seemed regardless of the situation Allen had the ability to make anything fun. He would have fun when doing conditioning, lifting, practice or even when we were down late in the fourth quarter. Allen taught the whole team to have fun."
Bell is the fifth player from Independence to play in the Big 12, the most recent being standout Oklahoma running back Allen Patrick. He was a first-team JUCO All-American according to Scout.com. He was electronically-timed with a 4.38/40-yard dash.