ISU Targets Speed States

Success on the gridiron this fall is helping Iowa State attract the attention of recruits in the talent-rich states of Texas, Florida and California. In this exclusive premium story, uncovers some of the new names on the Cyclone recruiting radar, like Steve Coleman of Dallas (TX.) Skyline High School.


Steve Coleman, DT
6-5, 283, 5.06
(Skyline HS) Dallas, TX

Coleman played both ways as a junior, but has devoted his full attention to defensive tackle this year. Last season he recorded 20 solos, 10 assists, one fumble recovery, one caused fumble, five sacks, 12 QB pressures, five tackles for losses and one pass deflection. He will take an official visit to ISU the weekend of December 6. Miami, Tennessee, Colorado, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and UCLA are also interested. Coleman has indicated he will probably visit Miami in month of December. He's definitely a top prospect at defensive tackle and had 20 tackles through the first four games this season with five coming for loss.

Billy Davidson, RB/LB
5-11, 220, 4.6
(A Maceo Smith HS) Dallas, TX

Playing alongside big-time tailback Ronald Simmons, Davidson has gotten 50 carries for 290 yards and three scores through seven games for 4-3 A Maceo Smith. He will most likely begin his college career at linebacker, however. Iowa State is the only D-I program to offer Davidson, although Colorado, Colorado State, Kansas and Texas A&M have expressed interest.

Lewis Baker, TE/LB
6-3, 205, 4.5
(Hebron HS) Lewisville, TX

Baker is a playmaker on both sides of the football. He is a very aggressive linebacker who makes plays from sideline to sideline and has his motor running the whole game. He recorded 124 tackles with 9 1/2 sacks in 2001 and is being projected as one of the top linebackers in the state this season. Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Florida, Texas A&M, Michigan State and Iowa State have offered. Miami (Fla.) is also in the mix.

John Williams, DE
6-4, 210, 4.7
(Lamar HS) Houston, TX

Williams was an all-district selection as a junior facing tough competition in the Houston area. Defensive end right now that has frame to easily add 40 pounds and possibly move inside eventually. ISU has offered him a scholarship. Oklahoma and UCLA have expressed interest.

Bruce Davis, DE
6-3, 240, 4.69
(Clear Creek HS) Houston, TX

Davis is a defensive end who has a chance to become a super star in college. He was very impressive this spring and become a national recruit. Davis has led his team to a 6-0 start and 2-0 opening to district play. Last season, he posted 35 tackles, nine tackles for loss, eight sacks, one fumble recovery, three forced fumbles and three pass deflections. Very impressive in the classroom as well, Davis has a 3.0 GPA and SAT score of 890, so he's qualified. Solid marks in the weight room as well, with 310-pound bench and 465-pound squat and 28-inch vertical and timed at 4.69 in 40. Father Bruce played at UCLA and in the NFL. Plans to visit Colorado, Arkansas and UCLA. Texas and LSU are also in the mix. Has around 20 scholarship offers from D-I programs, including ISU.

Troy White, LB/DE
6-1, 235, 4.67
(John Foster Dulles HS) Houston, TX

Played defensive end the last three years and moved to a more natural position of middle linebacker this fall, White posted 49 solo tackles and 22 assisted stops. He has great size, a quick first step, pursues well and is a very good athlete. White was supposed to take ACT and SAT in October. Iowa State, TCU, LSU and Colorado State are recruiting him, but the Cyclones are only D-I program to offer.

Eddie McCray, DE
6-3, 210, N/A
(Lee HS) Houston, TX

McCray posted 21 solo tackles, 16 assists and five tackles for loss last season.

Avery Cleveland, LB
6-3, 210, 4.66
(LBJ HS) Austin, TX

Cleveland is a very fast, quick and active linebacker that has the frame to get much bigger in college. He's extremely fast off the corner in rushing the passer and makes tackles from sideline-to-sideline. Is best suited to play either WILL or SAM linebacker at the next level, Cleveland attended NIKE camp and tested well. Big time target for Cyclones. He had 106 tackles last season, including 56 unassisted.


Steve Allen, LB
6-2, 205, N/A
(Atlantic HS) Atlantic, FL

Has scheduled an official visit to ISU for weekend of Dec. 6. Allen is top linebacker on Atlantic team that is top defense in Florida's district 10-5A.

Horatio Blades, LB
6-1, 220, 4.55
(Plantation HS) Plantation, FL

Has a scholarship offer from Michigan and has gotten plenty of interest from some big time programs, including USC, NC State, Virginia, Auburn and Florida State. Blades projects as a SAM linebacker at the next level. Ranked as one of Florida's top prospects by the Orlando Sentinel.

Mike Jenkins, RB/DB
6-0, 180, 4.4
(Southeast HS) Bradenton, FL

One of the top cornerback prospects in the state, Jenkins had 65 tackles and three picks last season. At running back, he had 20 carries for 234 yards and 4 touchdowns. Comes from same high school as current Cyclones Hiawatha Rutland, Marc Timmons and Johnny Smith. ISU, Iowa and Auburn have offered scholarships, while Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fla.) and Nebraska have expressed interest. The Insiders has him ranked as a four-star recruit and one of the top 30 cornerbacks in the country. Ranked as one of Florida's top prospects by the Orlando Sentinel.

Josh Balloon, RB/LB
6-0, 200, 4.5
(Jefferson Senior HS) Tampa, FL

One of the state's top FB/LB prospects, Balloon had 90 tackles as a junior but could project as a college fullback. He is a four-year varsity starter that has played several different positions including running back, fullback, linebacker, defensive end and safety. At running back, Balloon and Rashaun Grant combine to form one of the top tailback duos in the state and nearly led Jefferson to within one game of the Class 4A title game last season. Balloon is mainly being recruited at running back, safety and linebacker. He has scholarship offers from several Division I programs, including ISU, Indiana, Northwestern, San Diego State, Wake Forest, Wisconsin.

Ron Prelow, LB
6-0, 210, 4.5
(Jefferson Senior HS) Tampa, FL

A teammate of Balloon's and another coveted D-I prospect on a Jefferson team full of outstanding players. Prelow is a three-year starter and anchor of the team's defense. Cyclones have offered a scholarship.


Justin Burks, LB
6-1, 220, 4.5
(Cerritos College) Norwalk, CA

He may be the best big JUCO linebacker in the country this year. Burks combines a tremendous pursuit to the football with tremendous speed and quickness. As a freshman, he recorded 71 first hits and 3 quarterback sacks. He will be very heavily recruited this year and has a chance to play at the professional level. Has scholarship offers from ISU, Florida, LSU and North Carolina. Will make an official visit to ISU on the weekend of Dec. 6.

Anthony Guerrero, OL
6-3, 315, N/A
(Cerritos College) Norwalk, CA

Along with his teammate Burks, Guerrero will make a visit to Ames on the weekend of Dec. 6.

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