He obviously got any misunderstandings out of the way by Wednesday night when his future offensive coordinator Steve Brickey came to town. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder became one of 24 known Cyclone verbals.
"I wasn't expecting what I saw, as far as how the facilities were," he said of his recent trip to Ames. "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. I saw the plans for the indoor practice facility and it's going to be sweet.
"The players are great guys. 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."
Tinlin enters a Cyclone program devoid of much depth at the tight end position. He'll be entering the '03 class alongside JUCO tight end James Wright of Kilgore (Texas). Yet another prep could add his name to that list in the next week. Muscatine's Ben Barkema visited ISU last weekend and will follow that up with a trip to Iowa in two days.
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Tinlin is being recruited as a tight end, although much of his high school success came on the defensive side as a rush end. Tinlin earned the Eastern League's defensive player of the year award and was a first-team defensive end after recording 90 tackles and 12 sacks last fall.
Playing in a run-oriented offensive attack, he still managed to haul in 19 receptions for 355 yards. Although he loves the physical aspect of the game, Tinlin has his preferences.
"People are primarily looking at him as a tight end, because of his upside," said Tinlin's high school coach Mike Hasting. "He's big and strong physically, but he can run. He's a quick, agile guy that makes great catches in space. He's got a little bit of that Jeremy Shockey in him, in that he's going to put his shoulder into you and you're going to know he hit you.
"On defense, he's one of those guys that chases plays down from the backside off the edge. I can see him playing either way, but as he continues to grow and with his exceptional athleticism and hands, he'll really excel as a tight end."
Tinlin's finalists were Utah, UNLV, ISU and Nebraska, with Southern California also having been in the picture. He took visits to Utah on Jan. 3 and followed it up with a trip to UNLV the following weekend. Tinlin had expressed interest in visiting Nebraska this weekend, but will cancel the trip.
It's also being reported the Cyclones received a commitment from Arlington (Texas) linebacker Nick Moore, who had previously announced plans to sign with Georgia Tech before opening his recruitment. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder Moore recorded 172 tackles in 2002 with five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and four sacks.
"It's Iowa State," Moore told JacketsOnline.com Wednesday night. "It was just a feeling. I know it's the best place for me. They were great coaches at Georgia Tech and Iowa State, they were both great, but I just think I fit right in at Iowa State."
Moore is ISU's fifth commitment from a linebacker and joins a list that includes Taylor Schrage of Aplington-Parkersburg H.S., Ron Prelow of Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson H.S., Steve Allen of Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic H.S. and Kurtis Taylor of Fort Dodge H.S.