Dominant Blocking TE Likes Big 12, SEC

Iowa State is one of several programs in the running for a dominating tight end from Lewisville High School in Texas, who says he'd like to play college football in either the Big 12 or Southeastern Conference.

"It would probably be between the Big 12 and SEC," said Tremayne Standberry in an interview with Cyclone Nation last night. "I grew up with the Big 12 and am familiar with the Big 12. The SEC is also big-time football. If you can play in the SEC, you can play about anywhere. They're both big time conferences. They're probably the two best conferences in the nation."

Standberry estimates he has around 20 scholarship offers, including the one he received from Iowa State coaches Dan McCarney and Tony Alford, his lead recruiter. The Cyclones have a chance at securing a visit from the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder, but will have a battle on their hands.

"It's getting real busy and has picked up a lot since the season has been over with," said Standberry, referring to his recruitment by D-I programs. "I've set up my first two visits. I'm going to LSU this next weekend and Oklahoma State the weekend of December 6th. I haven't set up any more visits yet, but will probably go to A&M for one."

"I don't really have a list of favorites right now. I'm pretty much open right now and haven't narrowed it down to like a top five. I have somewhere close to around 20 scholarship offers."

What makes LSU and Oklahoma State so appealing, Standberry said, is that he has the chance to play right away. Nebraska, Colorado, Texas A&M, Arkansas, West Virginia, Kansas State, Florida and ISU are the programs that look to be competing for his final two visits.

Could a trip to Ames be in his near future? At least the Cyclones have Seneca Wallace.

"Seneca is an awesome player," Standberry said. "That's what you have to do is make plays. I was telling the Coach that I didn't really know much about them besides Seneca Wallace. But it's a good possibility that I might come up there and visit. I'm still open right now, but it's a good possibility.

"They came down earlier in the season and offered me a scholarship. Then they called me and said they wanted me to play for them. Coach Alford's a real good guy. My high school coach had nothing but good things to say about him. He seems like he's real cool."

Although Standberry, who runs a 4.8 40 time, put up some impressive numbers as a defensive end this season (60 tackles and seven sacks to go along with interception fumble returns for touchdowns), he'll likely end up at tight end in college.

"They're mostly looking at me to play tight end," he said. "I played tight end my sophomore and junior years. We run the wishbone, so I'm used to blocking and am a very blocker. I can also go out and beat a safety on a hot route. I'm athletic enough to go out and make plays."

Standberry's Lewisville squad wrapped up the regular season a few weeks ago. Its 4-6 overall record put Lewisville out of the Class 5A playoffs for the first time in 12 seasons.

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