More Announcements Could Come Soon

Iowa State's list of recruiting prospects continues to shorten. Four big-time recruits that visited Ames in the last week now appear as possibilities to make commitments in the coming days.

Atop the short list is Oklahoma City (Okla.) Northeast offensive/defensive lineman Anthony Walker. The 6-foot-3, 295-pounder tripped to ISU last weekend and told Heartland Recruiting's David Garvin he would not take another visit. Cyclone coach Dan McCarney will be visiting Walker's house tonight and a commitment could come soon after.

"I had a nice visit to Iowa State," he said in the interview with Garvin. "It was a lot of fun. I don't believe that I'll be taking any more visits. I'll be making my decision at the end of this week."

Walker initially turned the Cyclone coaching staff onto him with an outstanding summer camp in Ames. He mainly played on the offensive side of the ball at camp and is a big-time prospect along the interior line. However, given ISU's lack of depth along the defensive line, Walker could be considered on both sides of the ball.

One more visit to make sure

Texas preps Anthony Alridge and Jason Berryman, along with Muscatine's Ben Barkema all tripped to Ames last weekend and will visit other programs in a few days and most likely make decisions soon after.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder with blazing 4.3 speed will head to Texas Tech. Alridge was also considering Texas A&M and visited College Station last month. But his finalists appear to be Tech and ISU. In terms of his role in an offensive system, Alridge could be favoring the Cyclones slightly since figures to rush the ball more as a tailback.

After returning from Ames, Berryman considered canceling a scheduled trip to Arizona for this weekend. But at his father's urging, the 6-foot-3, 235-pound defensive end/outside linebacker prospect will honor his original plans and head to Tucson. Assuming ISU remains Berryman's clear favorite when he returns Sunday, a commitment and in-home visit from Coach McCarney could come early next week.

In-state battles for Iowa recruits were thought to be a thing of the past as recently as two weeks ago. But one more talented senior from within the borders will make a decision on the Cyclones or Hawkeyes within the next week. Barkema, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound tight end, visits Iowa this weekend and will decide whether to follow his older brother C.J. into enemy territory or become a member of ISU's 2003 recruiting class.

Firming up California prep's commitment

Although Brandon Tinlin and his coach at San Diego Point Loma High School have made it perfectly clear where the 6-foot-5, 225-pound tight end will be playing next season, Coach McCarney will make an in-home visit early next week to firm everything up.

Offensive coordinator Steve Brickey made the rounds in San Diego yesterday, speaking with Tinlin and Coach Mike Hasting, but ISU's head coach likes to follow up with every known commitment or potential verbal with an in-home visit.

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