Inside Backer Can't Wait Until August

A highly-touted linebacker from the Dallas area hadn't even planned on visiting Iowa State. But after heading to Ames last weekend, he was glad that he did. So were the Cyclone coaches, who added him to their recruiting Class of 2003.

Arlington (Texas) High's Nick Moore originally committed to Georgia Tech after taking official visits to see the Yellow Jacket and Wisconsin football programs in December. Left on the outside looking in, assistant coach Mike Grant pleaded with the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder with 4.6 speed to at least give ISU a shot.

"I wasn't really planning on visiting and thought I was already done," said Moore, who collected 172 tackles, five caused fumbles, four fumble recoveries and four sacks this fall. "They convinced me to come and take a look. Honestly, I was just coming up there to have a good time. I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. I fell in love with the place."

So Moore gave it a few days and then made his decision between Georgia Tech, Wisconsin and ISU. It was a tough call, he said, but the Cyclone program presented everything he wanted for in a program.

"Iowa State, Georgia Tech and Wisconsin were big choices for me," Moore said. "It was in between those three. Wisconsin was my first visit. But when I was at Iowa State, I knew it was the right place for me.

"I loved the college town atmosphere where everybody likes Iowa State football. It's a big deal there and it's a big deal to me. I got along with the players and everything. The facilities were nicer than all of the other ones I went to. Everything just fit in place."

Coaches are looking for Moore to be the long-term solution for a depth chart short on numbers after the departure of Matt Word and impending loss of Chris Whitaker after the 2003 season.

"I think they liked my work ethic and that I'm a hard-nosed player that loves to hit," Moore said. "I've got a nose for the ball. I think I fit in pretty good to their system. I'm going to work as hard as I can to get the job and be the best player I can."

Moore is one of 26 commitments for the Class of '03 and sixth newcomer to give a verbal in the last week.

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