DeSoto (Texas) Connection Could Pay Off

Iowa State gave defensive back Ellis Hobbs an opportunity very early in his college career. Now the Cyclones are hot on the trail of another DeSoto (Texas) High standout.

Inside linebacker Victor DeGrate, a 6-foot-3, 237-pounder with 4.6 speed, could be taking a visit to Ames in early January to meet up with his old friend. While DeGrate hasn't spoken with Hobbs in quite some time, he has remained close to the family.

"If I went up there I wouldn't be by myself, because I know Ellis Hobbs," said DeGrate in an interview with Cyclone Nation Thursday night. "We're pretty good friends. He's helped me out a lot. I was pretty young when I got moved up and he got me though it. I still talk to his mom a lot and just talked to her yesterday. She's kept me focused on getting out of high school, first. She keeps me on my toes with my grades."

DeGrate has plenty of opportunities on the table for once he gets out of DeSoto High. He claims to have scholarship offers from ISU, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Texas Chrisitan and SMU.

According to Cyclone Nation sources, DeGrate has an official visit to Ames set in early January. However, in its interview with DeGrate last night, CN learned he's planning to visit Oklahoma State, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arizona State.

But DeGrate says he's still unsure as to who his favorites are.

"I'm not really sure about narrowing it down yet," he said. "I haven't really sat down and thought about it." The connection between Hobbs and DeGrate still gives ISU a shot, however.

"If you deserve a chance to play, they'll give you a chance like they did Ellis," DeGrate said. "That lets you know that they don't show favortism. If I was to go there and earn my spot, I'll be able to play. I hear the program and facilities up there are pretty good. It would be something I wouldn't mind trying. I wouldn't mind going there."

DeSoto, which was led in tackles by DeGrate, made the first round of the Texas state playoffs only to lose to Abilene High last weekend, 31-11.

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