Florida LB Loves Iowa State

With Dan McCarney making a concerted effort at recruiting the Sunshine State this fall, after an early-season near-miss against Florida State, the ISU coaching staff and defensive backs coach Chris Ash have uncovered a gem in the Tampa area.

Jefferson High's Ron Prelow, a 6-foot, 210-pound inside linebacker, will make an official visit to Ames during the weekend of Dec. 6-7 and hopes to make a commitment on the spot. The Cyclones made a scholarship offer three weeks ago and Prelow is anxious to check out what could be his future home.

"I strongly believe in them," said Prelow, who said he has nearly 100 tackles and 15 sacks this season for 7-1 Jefferson. "I appreciate them trying to recruit me and Iowa State will probably be my choice. They've been showing me a lot and are doing their jobs of convincing me to go to their school. Right now I'd have to say they're my favorite.

"I am going to take a visit before making my commitment. So far it's leading onto a commitment. After my visit I'll see for sure."

Prelow, who transferred to Jefferson from Sickles High School prior to this year, also has a scholarship offer from Hofstra and is getting calls from Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Troy State. The work ISU's staff is doing with lead recruiter Ash has kept the Cyclones on top of his list.

"The coaching staff is great and they have an excellent football program," he said. "Coach Ash is a great coach. I talked to him on the phone and when he came down. He has been the one, along with the help of my linebacker coach, getting me information that Iowa State's the real deal. I'm pretty sure I'll fit right in."

Prelow's future position is most likely at MIKE or WILL linebacker. His style of play on the field will surely get the attention of Cyclone fans.

"I like to hustle to the ball, that's the number one rule," he said. "As long as you've got heart and hustle, then you'll get there. I've got pretty good size and decent speed, but sideline to sideline is my world. I'm pretty quick between there."

He's also used in certain blitz packages and made six quarterback sacks in a game this season against Chamberlain.

"When I blitz I go on the count, so as soon as the snap count goes I'm already in the backfield," he said. "I manage to work that real well. It's kind of an instinct. Once I learn the cadence of the count, I just go."

Asked if he had anything else to add about his recruitment, ISU or his season, Prelow kept the answer brief: "Go Cyclones."

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