ISU Offers Nealy

Lakeland (FL) High School's Quayshawn Nealy had already impressed one of Iowa State's new assistant coaches before he took his job at Iowa State. Now the linebacker has an offer from Iowa State and is giving them strong consideration.

"I know Coach Burnham and his son from his days at South Florida," said Nealy. "I talked to him when they came down to talk to us and he told me I could come in as a freshman and have a chance to compete. That is important because I don't want to sit on the sidelines."

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound outside linebacker now has offers from USF, Tulane, FIU, Purdue, Iowa State, Kansas, Indiana, and Louisville and says that he is currently open with his recruitment. "I just want to get into a program where I feel most comfortable," he said. "It just feels great to have these offers and it inspires me to keep working harder to prove I'm not a fluke."

Quayshawn also plans to be very busy in the next month in regards to possibly taking some visits. "I'm trying to go to camps at Alabama and Georgia," he said. "My coach is also trying to take some of us on a tour of some of the colleges in the midwest and I want to make it to Ohio State and Iowa State."

Nealy feels that he really connected with new Cyclone defensive coordinator Wally Burnham and stated that he would have no problem playing for him in the future. "He's a wise man who brings a lot of wisdom," he said. "If I played for him I would be playing behind a great man and I would be very confident in his defensive strategy based on what he did at USF."

Quayshawn is also teammates with linebacker William Lucas who recently received a scholarship offer from Iowa State. "It would be great to play with Will because we are really great friends," said Nealy. "If that works out it would be special but I'm not going to base my decision on where he chooses to go to school."

Nealy feels that a final decision will not likely be coming this summer. "I probably will make my decision in the fall," he said. "I want to go on my visits in the fall and then talk it over with my parents before I make my final choice."

Quayshawn runs a 4.68 forty and last year he had 126 tackles and 4 sacks.

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