Future Star Gazing

Our list of potential future Cyclones who were in Ames Saturday night to watch Iowa State defeat Missouri at Jack Trice Stadium includes nine of the 13 commitments for the 2003 and 2004 classes.

Todd Blythe, WR, 6-5, 200, Indianola HS

The standout senior had posted 51 receptions for 851 yards and seven touchdown catches through the Indians' first seven games. He was named all-state after junior season and 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 HS

Brant continues to be Iowa's top ranked player for the class of 2003. He initially 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.

Brandon Cook, OL, 6-6, 320, Garner-Hayfield HS

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.

Travis Ferguson, WR, 6-4, 220, Waterloo East HS

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior earned a scholarship offer after attending Cyclone padded camp in mid-June. Voted his team's most versatile player as a sophomore, Ferguson played tight end, wide receiver, fullback and both inside and outside linebacker. Ferguson, a starter since his freshman season, ranked second in tackles last fall as a sophomore with 112. He added 17 receptions on the offensive side for East, which finished 0-9 while competing in the difficult Mississippi Valley Conference.

Nate Mechaelsen, QB, 6-2, 190, Northeast Hamilton HS

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.

Milan Moses, WR, 6-3, 185, Waterloo East HS

Started at quarterback as a sophomore before moving on to play wide receiver in 2001, Moses recorded 27 catches for 562 yards and five touchdowns last fall. The brother of former Cyclone receiver J.J. Moses, Milan became a favorite target of fellow commit Bret Meyer's during padded camp this summer. Committed to Iowa State over interest from Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.

Tom Schmeling, OL, 6-3, 280, Atlantic HS

Schmeling, who is projected as a guard or center, was deemed one of the huge surprises in ISU's summer camp and earned an offer with his solid play. Committed to Iowa State over interest from Nebraska, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa, Southern Illinois, Eastern Illinois and UNI.

John Tjaden, OL, 6-6, 280, Mason City HS

Three-year varsity starter. Named all-conference and honorable mention all-state as a junior. A top prospect in Iowa and proved it by performing well at ISU's summer padded camp. Committed to the Cyclones over recruiting interest from Nebraska, Iowa, Stanford, Colorado, Notre Dame, Kansas State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Minnesota.

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.

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

Tyler Bergan, Grinnell HS
Brandon Brady, Bloomington (Minn.) Kennedy HS
Adam Cole, Richfield (Minn.) Academy of Holy Angels HS
Alex Danielson, Ames HS
Adam Edwards, Cedar Rapids Jefferson HS
Dustin English, St. Charles (Mo.) Francis Howell North HS
Tony Fischer, Rockford HS
Bret Flynn, South Tama HS
Justin Hargens, Denison-Schleswig HS
Zack Hood, Creston-Orient-Macksburg HS
Matt Hunt, Fairfield HS
Jeremiah Johnson, Glidden-Ralston HS
Lane Kelly, Omaha (Neb.) Creighton Prep
Josh Kypke, Richfield (Minn.) Academy of Holy Angels HS
Nathan Lahner, Boone HS
Tyler Lorenzen, Eddyville-Blakesburg HS
Tyler Mark, Indianola HS
Chase Rogers, Marshalltown HS
Eric Sanders, Oelwein HS
Nathan Schultz, Cedar Rapids Washington HS
Chip Smith, Independence HS
Landon Streit, Manson Northwest Webster HS
Matt Wood, Ottumwa HS


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