ISU Adds Another In-Stater

In the middle of preparation week for Iowa, the Cyclone coaching staff got some good news Wednesday night in the form of the 10th commitment for the 2003 signing class.

Cyclone Nation has learned that Indianola wide receiver Todd Blythe made a commitment to Iowa State coach Dan McCarney last night during a meeting at the Jacobson Building.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound wideout also told Iowa coaches of his decision over the phone Wednesday night and has decided not to attend the Iowa State-Iowa game in Iowa City as a guest of the Hawkeyes.

Blythe is the 10th known commitment for the Class of 2003 and ninth in-state prep to choose the Cyclones. CN's Sweet 16 list of all players considering ISU ranked Blythe number four. In the September issue of CN the Magazine, Cloned listed him as the number two Iowa high schooler.

The Indianola standout caught 54 passes for 790 yards and eight touchdowns last fall, and opened his 2002 campaign with a seven-catch effort, two-touchdown, 108-yard effort at Sioux City North on Saturday. Blythe also is a very capable defensive back and collected eight interceptions on his way to all-state defensive backs honors as a junior.

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

Blythe nearly committed to ISU prior to the Kansas game, but decided to prolong his decision until after the Iowa game, but apparently decided to move that up a few days.

"I talked it over with my coach and parents and I decided to wait until two or three weeks into the season before making a decision," Blythe originally told CN after Iowa State's 45-3 demolition of Kansas. "Iowa State is my leader."

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