So-Cal Tight End's Upside Big Draw

Not known for its high school recruiting in the state of California, Iowa State made quite an impression on a prep from the San Diego area who last night became one 25 commitments for the Class of 2003.

Point Loma high school coach Mike Hasting spoke to Cyclone Nation shortly after his standout tight end Brandon Tinlin announced he'd made a verbal commitment.

"He's made Iowa State as his choice for going to college and playing football," said Hasting. "He felt real comfortable about the school when he visited. He has been on several other trips and this one seemed to be the fit for him. We talked about Nebraska and he had chosen to cancel the trip after much thought.

"He talked it over with me and his parents. After visiting Iowa State, he felt it was the right place for him. He wanted to make a decision and went with it. He had a comfort level with the guys he met there on the team and the coaches."

Like any standout senior coming out of the high school ranks, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Tinlin has aspirations of playing early in his college career.

"He really felt strongly about his opportunity to be a player there at Iowa State," Hasting said. "There are some guys ahead of him on the depth chart that are going to be juniors, but he's going to work his butt off, compete and if he has to redshirt, so be it. He felt real good about the opportunity to play in the next couple years."

Defensive coordinator John Skladany, a former college teammate of Tinlin's father Howard Justus, opened the recruiting door for ISU's coaches on the opposite side of the ball. Offensive coordinator Steve Brickey appeared to seal the deal yesterday in a trip to San Diego where he visited with both Tinlin and Hasting.

Hasting believes Cyclone coaches recruited Tinlin for what they think he can eventually develop into.

"I talked to Coach (Steve) Brickey yesterday at length and he told me the upside to Brandon is his growth potential," Hasting said. "He's a big-frame guy and has great upside. They were real impressed with his hands and ability to catch, as well as his ability to block. He's got a real nasty side to him when he comes off the ball. They feel he has tremendous ability. Once he fills out that frame a little bit more, they're real excited about him being an impact player."

Tinlin chose ISU over scholarship offers from Utah and UNLV. Nebraska also was seriously interested.

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