Facilities Entice California Prep

The Iowa State football program hosted a rare recruit from the California high school ranks this weekend. The whole environment must have made quite an impression, too.

San Diego Point Loma High School tight end Brandon Timlin boarded a plane for central Iowa with Utah as his clear-cut favorite. But that outlook was a bit different when the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder returned home Sunday night.

"It's definitely changed," he said. "I had a great time at Iowa State and I think it's a great place. I thought I was certainly going to Utah, but I don't know now. I might be a Cyclone. I might be going to Nebraska this weekend, but I'm not sure. The Iowa State coach is going to try to make it out for my game on Wednesday. I think they might schedule an in-home visit, too."

After taking visits to Utah and UNLV in recent weeks, Tinlin admitted he had some pre-conceived notions about a Division I program's facilities.

"I wasn't expecting what I saw, as far as how the facilities were," he said. "I think I could get pretty big at that place. I didn't think the weight room and locker rooms were going to be as nice. I thought their weight room was going to be the same as everybody else's, but it wasn't. Plus they're building a new weight room and I thought the one they had was brand new. I saw the plans for the indoor practice facility and it's going to be sweet."

Cyclone student-athletes also made quite an impression over a weekend that included a stop at the ISU-Oklahoma basketball game.

"The players are great guys," Tinlin said. "I seriously think I can bond with them and play with them. The Iowa State crowd at the game was crazy. I didn't think people could get into college basketball like that."

So is he any closer to a commitment than he was a few days prior?

"When I left it was basically, ‘I'll see you again this summer and I'll probably be going there.' I don't know why, but they didn't want me to commit until next week," Tinlin said. "They could be having another recruit in this next weekend, but I'm just thinking of the worst possible thing."

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