Seals' FB Recruiting Wish List

Following up on the age old tradition making out gift wish lists, Cyclone Nation's Bill Seals gives you the names of 10 recruits he'd most like to see Iowa State add to an already impressive Class of 2003.

1. John Williams, DE, 6-5, 220, 4.7, 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.

2. James Wright, TE, 6-4, 240, 4.8, 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.

3. Josh Balloon, LB/RB, 6-0, 200, 4.5, Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson H.S.

One of the state's top FB/LB prospects, Balloon had 90 tackles as a junior but could project as a college fullback. He is a four-year varsity starter that has played several different positions including running back, fullback, linebacker, defensive end and safety. At running back, Balloon and Rashaun Grant combined to form one of the top tailback duos in the state and nearly led Jefferson to within one game of the Class 4A title game last season. Balloon is mainly being recruited at running back, safety and linebacker. He has scholarship offers from several Division I programs, including ISU, Indiana, Northwestern, San Diego State, Wake Forest, Wisconsin.

4. Anthony Alridge, RB, 5-11, 170, 4.34, Denton (Texas) H.S.

His initial enthusiasm towards Iowa State has looked to subside since the recent commitment of Mike West, but Alridge is still a huge target for the Cyclone coaching staff and would make a great addition to an already strong recruiting class. Alridge ran a 4.34 40 time once and had hit the 4.36 mark on three separate occasions. Alridge has scholarship offers from the likes of Kansas State, Tulsa, Pittsburgh, Arizona and Texas Christian. On the field at Denton High, Alridge has been a hard catch. The senior rushed for 1,413 yards and 20 touchdowns on 141 carries during the regular season. He's also a threat out of the backfield catching passes and has reeled in 27 receptions for 452 yards and five scores.

5. Corey Campbell, FS, 6-2, 190, 4.35, 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.

6. Freddy Saint Preaux, DT, 6-5, 305, 4.9, Dodge City (Kan.) C.C.

The JUCO standout is a huge defensive tackle with tremendous upside potential. He went to Milford Prep School out of high school in Brooklyn, New York. He then was placed at Dodge City by Central Florida. He has since called Central Florida and has gotten un-placed by them. He was not on the original sophomore list for Dodge in the Spring so he has not been on very many early recruiting lists, but he is now getting some publicity.

7. Nick Moore, LB, 6-2, 225, 4.6, Arlington (Texas) H.S.

Iowa State is in on a number of inside linebackers, but Moore would rank right up there with any of them. The Cyclones are battling the likes of Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, Colorado State, Air Force and Arkansas for his services. The Dallas Morning News rates him as one of their top 100 players in the area. He'll most likely take a visit to ISU next month.

8. Ron Prelow, LB, 6-0, 210, 4.5, Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson H.S.

A teammate of Balloon's and another coveted D-I prospect on a Jefferson team full of outstanding players. Prelow joined his teammate on an official visit to ISU last weekend. He will take visits in January to Tennessee, Vanderbilt and South Florida. Prelow started on a varsity for three years and was one of the anchors on an impressive Jefferson defense in 2002. Through eight games this season, Prelow had over 100 tackles and 15 sacks. His future position is most likely at MIKE or WILL linebacker.

9. Marque Fountain DT 6-2 270 4.8 Sugar Land (Texas), Hightower H.S.

Considered one of the top 150 players in Texas by Max Emfinger Recruiting, Fountain appears to consider Arizona, New Mexico, Texas Tech and the Cyclones as his leaders. Along with fellow JUCO prospect Saint Preaux, Fountain is near the top of ISU's defensive tackle wish list. The coaching staff hopes to schedule him for an official visit in January.

10. Tierre Green, ATH, 6-1, 190, 4.5, Omaha (Neb.) Benson H.S.

One of the most recent scholarship offers from head coach Dan McCarney went to Green, who emerged onto the radar screen after a stellar senior season at Benson. He is being recruited more for his athletic ability and size than for a certain position. Playing out his high school career for 1-8 Benson, he played safety and recorded 80 tackles, two forced fumbles and one interception. Battling some injuries this season, he rushed for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns. He's more than capable as a pass-catcher, too, and hauled in 10 passes for more than 100 yards. Nebraska, San Jose State and Colorado State are also in the running.

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