Tampa LB's Commitment Cyclones' 20th

Iowa State fans can finally start to believe. At least that's what a certain standout linebacker from the Florida high school ranks is saying.

Tampa Jefferson defender Ron Prelow told Cyclone Nation personally Monday afternoon where he will be headed to college next fall.

"I actually committed late last week before canceling my visit to Vanderbilt," said Prelow, who cleared the 100-tackle and 15-sack plateau after just eight games this season while leading Jefferson to a Class 4A state title game appearance. "It's great to be a Cyclone."

Prelow originally took his official visit to ISU in mid-December, but waited to explore more of his options before making a decision. He is the Cyclones' 20th commitment for the Class of 2003 and fourth from the state of Florida.

"Iowa State showed a lot of loyalty and have been there since the beginning of spring," Prelow said. "When I went on my visit, they showed me a lot of love and hospitality. The football program is an up-and-coming program. I could see myself playing there. Plus they've got a good academic program."

The future inside linebacker said he was also encouraged by the track record high-schoolers from the Sunshine State have had in Ames.

"It's encouraging that a lot of Florida kids have gotten the opportunity to play up there," he said.

South Florida and Tennessee had also recruited Prelow heavily.

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