Blankenship Picks Iowa State

Norman North (OK) High School's Beau Blankenship committed to Iowa State late on Wednesday afternoon and he couldn't be happier with his decision.

"It feels awsome and it's really just a blessing," he said. "That's what the lord has planned for me and so I'm going to take it."

The 5-foot-8, 207 running back spent much of the late afternoon talking to Iowa State coaches. "First I called Coach Raney and then I talked to Coach Boulware," he said. "They were just so excited and told me they were happy I was coming."

Beau then got to talk to Iowa State Head Coach Gene Chizik. "He told me he was really excited and he welcomed me to the family," said Blankenship. "He said that the whole coaching staff is just really excited about my decision."

Blankenship got to visit Iowa State three weeks ago and feels that his trip to Ames could not have gone better. "It was awsome and I pretty much loved everything about the school," he said. "Everyone treated me so well and the coaches really made me feel like I was at home."

Beau also feels very happy to be done with recruiting. "I'm done with it because I'm definitely going to Iowa State. That is definitely where I'm going to be playing college football," he said. "The process was kind of stressful and now I feel I have kind of taken a load off. Now I can just focus on trying to help my team win a state championship."

Blankenship also began thinking about the first time he will return home to Norman to take on the Oklahoma Sooners. "It's going to be a crazy feeling," he said. "Some people wanted me at OU but Iowa State is where I belong."

Blankenship is also excited because his family also agreed with the decision. "My parents fell in love with it on the visit," he said. "We talked about it and prayed about it. We loved the coaches, the campus, and feel I'll get a great education."

Beau just can't wait to get back for his official visit. "We set up my official visit tonight for the Nebraska game (Oct.18) and I'm excited because it will be great to get back for a game."

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