Future Star Gazing

Our list of potential future Cyclones who were in Ames Saturday afternoon to watch Iowa State defeat Nebraska at Jack Trice Stadium includes Mesquite (Texas) High running back/cornerback Alex Woodley.

Caleb Berg, SS, 6-2, 190, Heartland Community (Neb.) H.S.

One of the top players in ISU's padded camp, Berg displayed great speed in pass coverage and made some crushing hits in run support. Was also a standout at Nebraska's summer camp and will likely receive an offer from the Huskers. Berg, a two-way player that competed at quarterback for the first time last fall, helped lead his team to within one game of a playoff berth last season. After finishing with 62 total tackles, Berg racked up various post season honors. He was named a first-team all-district defensive back and was a second-team player on the Grand Island Independent all-area team. The Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star named him as an honorable mention selection on their all-state teams.

Todd Blythe, WR, 6-5, 200, Indianola H.S.

A four-year varsity starter. Named all-state after junior season. Had 54 receptions for 790 yards and eight touchdowns as a wide receiver. On defense, Blythe had seven interceptions from his defensive back position. Scholarship offers from Iowa State and Iowa, but committed to the Cyclones a few days before their annual in-state clash with the Hawkeyes. Also recruited by Texas, Stanford, Notre Dame, Michigan, Harvard, Kansas State, and Wisconsin.

Aaron Brant, OL/DL, 6-7, 285, Dubuque Wahlert H.S.

Brant enters his senior season as Iowa's top ranked rising prospect for the class of 2003 according to Tom Lemming of Prep Football Report. Brant impressed Cyclone coaches at padded camp with his ability at both offensive and defensive line. However, he is projected to play offensive tackle in college. Brant played a huge part in Wahlert's offense, which led the Mississippi Valley Conference last season for the first time in 18 years ago with more than 3,700 total yards. He chose the Cyclones over Iowa, Stanford, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Kansas State, and many other programs.

Tom Busch, LB, 5-11, 230, Park HS, Cottage Grove, MN

Good inside linebacker prospect. Runs well and gets to the football. Last season as a junior, recorded 150 tackles and 20 tackles for a loss in nine games. Iowa State, Iowa, California and Minnesota have offered Busch a scholarship. Kansas State, Illinois and Nebraska have shown some interest.

Brandon Cook, OL, 6-6, 320, Garner-Hayfield H.S.

A first-team all-state selection by the Iowa Newspaper Association and Des Moines Register, Cook anchored an offense last season that recorded the third-highest rushing yards in school history. Garner-Hayfield, which earned a trip to the Class 2A state playoffs, wrapped up the 2001 campaign 7-3 overall and finished second in District 4 at 6-1. Cook will likely start inside at offensive guard, but could move outside to tackle later in his career. Cyclone coaches are impressed with his dominating play up front in the run game. However, playing in a run-oriented system, Cook will need to sharpen up as a pass blocker at ISU. He chose the Cyclones over recruiting interest from Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Michigan State.

Nate Mechaelsen, QB, 6-2, 190, Northeast Hamilton H.S.

Passed for 925 yards and 16 touchdowns on 47-of-84 completions last fall. Even more impressive was the fact he threw just two interceptions. Like many of the quarterbacks ISU recruits, Mechaelsen posses the ability to throw both in the pocket and rolling out. Mechaelsen, who earned first-team all-district and honorable mention all-state honors, led Northeast Hamilton (7-2) to within one game of a Class A playoff berth last fall. He has already broken his school's single-season and career touchdown marks.

Bret Meyer, QB, 6-3, 180, Atlantic H.S.

In addition to the Cyclones, Meyer garnered recruiting interest from Iowa, Nebraska, Penn State and Wisconsin after throwing for 1,570 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior. Taking over the starting job as a sophomore in 2000 he passed for 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns. After throwing 13 interceptions as a first-year starter in 2000, Meyer cut that number down significantly last fall and demonstrated more confidence as a pocket passer.

Will Meyers, S/LB, 6-0, 195, 4.5, Parkway West HS, Ballwin, MO

The safety-outside linebacker prospect is a very good athlete who plays on both sides of the football. He carries a 4.31 GPA in college prep courses and he has already scored an impressive 32 on his ACT. Meyers rushed for 595 yards on 109 carries, while catching nine passes for 93 yards with 10 total touchdowns. Defensively, he recorded 89 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, six sacks, four fumble recoveries and four interceptions. Meyers returned two of those interceptions for touchdowns, including one that spanned a school-record 100 yards. Iowa State, Kansas, Indiana and Miami (Ohio) have offered scholarships.

Kurtis Taylor, ATH, 6-3, 200, Fort Dodge HS

Recruited as an athlete, Taylor flashes the ability to play a number of different positions. He played both wide receiver and weak-side linebacker last fall for the Dodgers, but has shown the capability to play quarterback and defensive end as well. He will become the third Fort Dodge senior in three years to sign with the Cyclones, joining offensive lineman Seth Zehr (2002) and Nik Moser (2001). Committed to Iowa State over interest from Iowa and UNI.

John Tjaden, OL, 6-6, 270, Mason City H.S.

CN has learned that Tjaden committed to Iowa State just prior to taking in the Tennessee Tech game at Jack Trice Stadium. He is the ninth commitment for the 2003 recruiting class and eighth from the state of Iowa. He is the fourth in-state offensive lineman to make a pledge to the Cyclones. Tjaden impressed the ISU coaching staff at Cyclone padded camp last June. Also recruited by programs such as Nebraska, Iowa, Stanford, Colorado, Notre Dame, Kansas State, Harvard, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Minnesota.

Alex Woodley, RB/CB, 5-10, 180, Mesquite HS, Mesquite, TX

Reins from state champion Mesquite High, Woodley may be the surprise running back in the State of Texas this year. He averaged close to seven yards per carry in the Mesquite wishbone offense last year and should be able to improve on that this year on another powerful high school football team. In all, he rushed for 408 yards on only 64 carries with five touchdowns. Woodley, who has run 40 times in the range of 4.34-4.49, attended padded camp in Ames, but had his summer cut short with an ankle injury. TheInsiders has him as a three-star recruit and the 80th ranked running back nationally. Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Iowa State are his favorites.

Here is a list of the other recruits that visited for the Nebraska game

Ben Barkema, Muscatine HS, Muscatine
Rob Bruggeman, Washington Sr HS, Cedar Rapids
Taylor Bryant, Johnston HS, Johnston
DeMarco Butts, North HS, Des Moines
Aaron Cawthorn, Roosevelt HS, Des Moines
Kennon Christian, North HS, Davenport
Alex Danielson, Ames HS, Ames
Zach Dillon, Hempstead HS, Dubuque
Adam Edwards, Jefferson HS, Cedar Rapids
Araf Evans, Jefferson HS, Cedar Rapids
Jonathan Evans, Johnston HS, Johnston
Fred ( E.J.) Falkner, Central HS, Omaha, NE
Travis Ferguson, East HS, Waterloo
Brandon Franklin, Hoover HS, Des Moines
Jake Gable, Papillion-LaVista HS, Papillion, NE
Pat Girskis, Bettendorf HS, Bettendorf
Josh Griebahn, West Branch HS, West Branch
Michael Herzberger, Washington Sr HS, Cedar Rapids
Zach Hood, Creston-Orient-Macksburg HS, Creston
Jordan Huewe, Johnston HS, Johnston
Brandon Hunley, Grandview HS, Grandview, MO
Cole Ingle, Southeast Polk HS, Runnells
Nathan Lahner, Boone HS, Boone
Tyler Lorenzen, Eddyville-Blakesburg HS, Eddyville
Tyler Mark, Indianola HS, Indianola
Kale Mayberry, Hamburg HS, Hamburg
Gavin McGrath, Washington Sr HS, Cedar Rapids
Breian Micou, East HS, Waterloo
Tim Molencamp, Clear Lake HS, Clear Lake
Milan Moses, East HS, Waterloo
Stewart Nelson, Johnston HS, Johnston
Ashton Northern, Jefferson HS, Cedar Rapids
Brett Peterson, Clear Lake HS, Clear Lake
Galen Read-Hess, Fairfield HS, Fairfield
Caleb Recker, Iowa City HS, Iowa City
Chad Rinehart, Boone HS, Boone
Brady Robbins, Denver HS, Denver
Chase Rogers, Marshalltown HS, Marshalltown
Jason Scales, Valley HS, West Des Moines
Matthew Scherbring, Oelwein HS, Oelwein
Tom Schmeling, Atlantic HS, Atlantic
Matt Selle, Wahlert HS, Dubuque
Warren Seuss, Washington Sr HS, Cedar Rapids
Nathan Shultz, Washington Sr HS, Cedar Rapids
Chip Smith, Independence HS, Independence
Jacob Spratt, Williamsburg HS, Williamsburg
Landon Streit, Manson-NW Webster HS, Manson
Bob Swift, West Delaware HS, Manchester
Jeff Thibadeau, Wahlert HS, Dubuque
Matt Wood, Ottumwa HS, Ottumwa

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