Family Atmosphere Leads To Woods Commitment

Cyclone Sports Report caught up with Palmdale (CA) High School's Walter Woods to see what led to his commitment to Iowa State.

"I'm just really excited about it and happy to be a Cyclone," said Woods. "The visit really helped me and with Brandon (Mims) also committing it's just really great."

Walter told Cyclone Sports Report that his relationship with Cyclone assistant coach Chris Ash was really the key to him ending up in Ames. "He recruited me when he was at San Diego State and he's really stay with me through thick and thin," he said. "I just really appreciate that he has always stayed with me."

The 6-foot, 275-pound defensive tackle said that Coach Rhoads told him why they wanted him so bad. "It's kind of a combination of skills," said Woods. "They feel I can help with both the pass rush and stopping the run. He said that they really like the way I move for my size."

During his visit, Walter has had a familiar face around him at times. "Hayworth Hicks has been my host and he's from my high school so that was great," said Woods. "He told me he really likes it at Iowa State and that it's just like a family. He also told me that the cold weather was tough at first but that you adjust to it. Hayworth introduced me to a lot of the players and they were really nice. It was like family and I felt like I had already committed."

After speaking with Coach Rhoads, Walter was ready to end his recruitment. "He offered me when we were in his office and then I committed and he was really excited," said Woods. "I really like him because he's a defensive-minded coach who is straight forward and I just really feel he will be a great teacher of the game for me."

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