Commitment #14 In the Fold

The Iowa State Cyclones secured their 14th football commitment for the class of 2003 last night by adding Texas cornerback DeAndre Jackson, a blazer who also considered several other top programs around the country.

Making his recruiting rounds in the Lone Star State, Cyclone assistant coach Tony Alford wasn't quite expecting what he got yesterday while visiting Garland High School. What he got was Iowa State's 14th commitment for the Class of 2003.

Athlete DeAndre Jackson committed to Alford yesterday during a visit, shortly before an in-school visit from an assistant coach from Texas A&M. Phone calls from Cyclone Head Coach Dan McCarney and defensive coordinator John Skladany soon followed.

Jackson is the second commitment McCarney has gained from the Lone Star State, joining Granbury lineman Bastian Schober. The 6-foot, 185-pounder, who has bee clocked at 4.35 in the 40, will also go a long ways towards solidifying ISU's future in the defensive backfield.

"(The ISU coaches) really like him and think he's a good football player," Garland High coach Jeff Jordan told Cyclone Nation in a previous interview. "They're excited to have a chance to recruit him. They started recruiting him last spring and came back in the fall and watched him play. They came down about two or three weeks ago and made the decision to offer him.

"He's a pretty talented kid. (College coaches) really like his overall athletic ability and speed. He ran a 4.35 for us this past spring. He's going to make a heck of a player (at the next level).

In addition to the Cyclones, Texas A&M, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisville and a number of other programs have offered him, according to his coach. His two finalists appeared to be ISU and Texas A&M, but the firing of head coach R.C. Slocum yesterday could have persuaded him to commit to the Cyclones.

Jackson has scheduled a visit to Ames for the weekend of Dec. 6-7.

Check back later this evening for more comments from Jackson himself.

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