Farniok Becomes The Newest Cyclone

Sioux Falls (SD) Washington center Tom Farniok gave Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads some very good news this past Saturday before the Cyclones victory over Army.

"I knew after coming in for the Iowa game that I wanted to come back and commit," said Farniok.

"So before the game my family and I went into his private office and I told him I wanted to commit. He just had a big smile and then gave me a big hug. He then went out into the hall and yelled that we have a new Cyclone."

Tom has been pursued by the Iowa State coaching staff for a long time and he felt that his unofficial visit for the Iowa game clinched his decision to become a Cyclone. "It was just the coaches and the atmosphere that made me feel this was the right place for me," he said. "The score wasn't an indicator of the game that was played. They moved the ball but the turnovers did them in but they played hard the whole time."

Tom said that the Cyclone staff made it very clear how much they wanted him and that playing for Coach Rhoads very much excites him. "They called me whenever it was legal to call me and no school wrote me more hand written letters," he said.

"I just feel Coach Rhoads is a good guy who is really emotional and 100 percent dedicated to his job. He just really wants to see his players get better and to succeed."

Tom got to talk with Coach Rhoads about his future and came away very happy. "I just feel that he's really building a good program in the Big 12," said Farniok.

"We talked and they told me that I'll play center at Iowa State and that I'll redshirt next year to get stronger and to put more weight on."

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