Numerous Out-of-Staters Head to ISU

Cyclone Nation has learned that at least 13 players are set for official visits to Iowa State this weekend, and that includes a number of highly-rated preps from the Lone Star State. Here is a listing of those players along with a brief profile on each.

Caleb Berg, SS, 6-2, 190, Heartland Community (Neb.) H.S.

One of the top players in ISU's padded camp, Berg displayed great speed in pass coverage and made some crushing hits in run support. Was also a standout at Nebraska's summer camp and will likely receive an offer from the Huskers. Berg, a two-way player that competed at quarterback for the first time last fall, helped lead his team to within one game of a playoff berth last season. After finishing with 62 total tackles, Berg racked up various post season honors. He was named a first-team all-district defensive back and was a second-team player on the Grand Island Independent all-area team. The Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star named him as an honorable mention selection on their all-state teams.

Aaron Brant, OL/DL, 6-7, 285, Dubuque Wahlert H.S.

Brant enters his senior season as Iowa's top ranked rising prospect for the class of 2003 according to Tom Lemming of Prep Football Report. Brant impressed Cyclone coaches at padded camp with his ability at both offensive and defensive line. However, he is projected to play offensive tackle in college. Brant played a huge part in Wahlert's offense, which led the Mississippi Valley Conference last season for the first time in 18 years ago with more than 3,700 total yards. He chose the Cyclones over Iowa, Stanford, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Kansas State, and many other programs.

Cory Campbell, FS, 6-2, 190, Spring (Texas) Westfield H.S.

Campbell is one of the top free safties in the country for this year. He had an amazing 9 interceptions and 46 solo tackles as a junior and he is playing in one of the toughest Districts (15-5A) in the State of Texas. He is a versatile defensive with enough speed to play either corner or safety. He has 12 interceptions in two years. In their national rankings, The Insiders has him rated as the eighth-best recruit at his position. He will be heavily recruited. In addition to visiting ISU this weekend, Campbell has said he will trip to Oklahoma, Arkansas and LSU.

Brandon Cook, OL, 6-6, 320, Garner-Hayfield H.S.

A first-team all-state selection by the Iowa Newspaper Association and Des Moines Register, Cook anchored an offense last season that recorded the third-highest rushing yards in school history. Garner-Hayfield, which earned a trip to the Class 2A state playoffs, wrapped up the 2001 campaign 7-3 overall and finished second in District 4 at 6-1. Cook will likely start inside at offensive guard, but could move outside to tackle later in his career. Cyclone coaches are impressed with his dominating play up front in the run game. However, playing in a run-oriented system, Cook will need to sharpen up as a pass blocker at ISU. He chose the Cyclones over recruiting interest from Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Michigan State.

Brent Curvey, DL, 6-2, 270, Spring (Texas) Westfield H.S.

A prospect to provide some much-needed at strong-side defensive end, Curvey has been offered scholarships from Iowa State, Houston and Ball State. Syracuse is also reportedly in the mix. He also has a visit set to Houston in January. Curvey starred on the same high school defense as Campbell, and the two will take visits together to Ames this weekend. Former teammate is current Cyclone linebacker Brandon Brown.

Deandre Jackson, CB/FS, 6-1, 180, Garland (Texas) H.S.

Iowa State's most recent commitment for the Class of 2003, Jackson committed on the afternoon of Dec. 2. Although he hasn't been asked to play defense since his sophomore year, Jackson will end up in the defensive backfield at ISU. He played quarterback this fall didn't do much in the way of passing. He threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns on 27-of-54 completions, while carrying 70 times for 452 yards and eight scores. Jackson, who has been clocked at 4.35 in the 40, led Garland to an undefeated 10-0 regular season record, but the Owls were knocked off by Longview in the first round of state playoffs. Although he had several offers on the table, Jackson seriously considered ISU, Texas A&M and Missouri.

Milan Moses, WR, 6-3, 185, Waterloo East H.S.

Started at quarterback as a sophomore before moving on to play wide receiver in 2001, Moses recorded 27 catches for 562 yards and five touchdowns last fall. The brother of former Cyclone receiver J.J. Moses, Milan became a favorite target of fellow commit Bret Meyer's during padded camp this summer. Committed to Iowa State over interest from Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.

Ron Prelow, LB, 6-0, 210, Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson H.S.

Prelow is a three-year starter and anchor of the team's defense. Cyclones have offered a scholarship. Prelow recorded more than 100 tackles and 15 sacks this season for Tampa Jefferson, one of the top programs in the area. Prelow, who transferred to Jefferson from Sickles High School prior to this year, also has a scholarship offer from Hofstra and is getting calls from Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Troy State. ISU is his favorite and he could possibly commit during his visit.

Taylor Schrage, Ath., 6-2, 185, Aplington-Parkersburg H.S.

Schrage follows a long line of Division I prospects hailing from small town high school Aplington-Parkersburg. In leading A-P to a 12-1 record and Class 1-A state championship last season, Schrage, a first-team all-stater, recorded 73 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions as well as a pair of defensive touchdowns. As a running back, he cleared the 1,700-yard plateau on 253 carries and scored 28 touchdowns overall. A knee injury cost him valuable playing time this season, as Schrage attempted to play through a torn ACL. He is projected to be a linebacker, but he could also be lined up at safety. Committed to ISU over scholarship offers from Iowa and Kansas State.

John Tjaden, OL, 6-6, 280, Mason City HS

Tjaden is a top prospect in Iowa and proved it by performing well at ISU's summer padded camp. Helped lead Mason City into the playoffs for consecutive years, the first time that's been done since Barry Alvarez was head coach. Committed to the Cyclones over recruiting interest from Nebraska, Iowa, Stanford, Colorado, Notre Dame, Kansas State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Minnesota. He's one of four in-state offensive linemen that will be joining the Cyclones next season.

David Weems, TE, 6-4, 250, Conroe (Texas) Oak Ridge H.S.

An all-around player that's capable of blocking and catching passes, Weems posted 26 receptions for 540 yards and seven touchdowns this fall. He has a chance to become an All-American at the next level and has great blocking skills and soft hands. Weems has several offers from D-I schools, including Iowa State, Florida, LSU, North Carolina and Texas Tech. He took an official visit to Arizona two weeks ago. In addition to having ISU set for this weekend, he will go to Missouri on Dec. 13-14 and North Carolina sometime in January.

John Williams, DE, 6-5, 220, Houston (Texas) Lamar H.S.

Williams was an all-district selection as a junior facing tough competition in the Houston area. Defensive end right now that has frame to easily add 40 pounds and possibly move inside eventually. He missed Lamar's first three games of the season with a pulled groin, but bounced back quickly, and recorded 32 tackles and 10 sacks over the next four. In addition to ISU, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas A&M and UCLA have offered him scholarships. He will take an official visit to Oklahoma on January 17th.

James Wright, TE, 6-4, 240, Kilgore (Texas) College

Wright former high school phenom at tight end. As a junior in high school, he grabbed 18 balls for 252-yards and four scores. As a senior, he was a real phenom. He will be heavily recruited on upside potential. At Kilgore, he has shared the tight end job with Kevin Everett who was a JUCO All-American as a freshman. Also being recruited by Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Houston.

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