Cyclone Commitment Roundup Week 1

Half of the eight Iowa State commits kicked off their season this week. Cyclone Sports Report talked with all of them to see how things went and to find out when they will be making it to Ames for a visit.

Josh Lenz:

The Dubuque Hempstead star put on a dazzling display in a 31-17 victory over Iowa City West. He rushed for 200 yards on 14 carries and scored on runs of 37, 53, and 54 yards. Just for good measure, Josh added an 86 yard punt return in the fourth quarter to put the game away. The humble Lenz gave his team the credit. "We just had a bunch of guys getting great blocking for me and then it was off to the races," he said. "We also have a lot of threats on offense so that helps spread things out." Josh added that it's nice to play and be completely relaxed. "It feels so good to good to have my commitment out of the way," he said. "I was just able to go out and play and not having anything to worry about."

Josh also watched the Cyclones first victory and was very impressed. "It was good to see them get their first victory and the defense played really well," said Lenz. "I thought (Sedrick) Johnson really made a nice catch on that touchdown." Josh also informed Cyclone Sports Report that he is likely to be attending the Kent State game in Ames this weekend. Next week his school takes on their city rival Dubuque Walhert in a game that Josh says will likely have 5,000 people attending.

A.J. Klein:

The Kimberly (WI) High School linebacker had an easy start to his season as they defeated Kaukauna 63-7. Klein had one sack and says that he didn't have as many tackles as he would like because they were running away from him. Klein did not get to see the Iowa State victory but did hear about it. "It was nice that they had five interceptions," he said. "It was nice to hear that they got off to a good start."

Next up for A.J. is Appleton North who he said gave them their toughest game on their road to a Division II State Championship last year. A.J. also informed Cyclone Sports Report that he will likely be taking his official visit on October 4th for the Kansas game.

Conor Boffeli:

The West Des Moines Valley High School tight end also had an easy game in Week 1 as Valley defeated Sioux City West 67-28. Conor had no catches but according to Boffeli there was a good reason for that. "We ran the ball about 97% of the time so I was mostly blocking throughout the game," he said. Conor also plays defensive end and he added 7 tackles on the night. He is very excited because Valley has their big cross-town rivalry game coming up this week against Dowling.

Boffeli also was excited to watch the Cyclones win their first game. "I watched it and thought they looked really good," he said. "Their defense was great and it was really exciting to see the team play that well." Conor will be attending the Kent State game this weekend but it will not be his official visit.

Kyle Lichtenberg:

The Bettendorf offensive tackle helped his team rush for 281 yards in a 37-7 victory over Pleasant Valley as Kyle and his teammates began their quest for a second straight 4A state championship. Kyle was happy about his team's play but not satisfied. "It was nice to start off the season with a win," he said. "But we still have a few things to work on because we play Muscatine this week and they will throw a lot at us."

Kyle also got to watch the Iowa State game and was really impressed with what he saw. "I couldn't believe the fans as it was pretty much sold out," said Lichtenberg. "They had a pretty good game except for the turnovers but I'm sure they'll clean those things up." Kyle also told Cyclone Sports Report that he will likely be attending the Kent State game this weekend.

Beau Blankenship:

The star running back from Norman North High School in Oklahoma did not play this week but he is very excited about the upcoming week. "We scrimmaged Midwest City last week but now we get to kick off the season this week against our rival Norman High School," he said. "It's great because we play the game at Owen Field where the Oklahoma Sooners play their games."

Beau got to watch the replay of the game and one thing really stood out for him. "I thought they did a great job and I thought the new jerseys were awsome," he said. Blankenship told Cyclone Sports Report that he plans to take his official visit on October 18th for the Nebraska game.

Ryan Mosby:

The linebacker from Rockwall Heath High School in Texas said his team's defense looked good in their two scrimmages with Rolett High School and Dallas Skyline High School. They kick off their season this Friday against Sherman High School. "Things are going real good for us. I feel we dominated the offense we went against in the scrimmages," he said. "We were real physical and both scrimmages were really defensive-minded games."

Mosby did not get to see the Cylone victory but was excited when he heard that they had won 44-17. He informed Cyclone Sports Report that he will be taking his official visit to Ames on October 25th for the Texas A&M game.

Safety Troy Butler and defensive end Taylor Martin did not play this week and so they chose to visit Iowa State for the South Dakota State game. The two Antelope Valley College stars chose to commit to the Iowa State and you can read their feature stories here on Cyclone Sports Report.


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