Shaban Dika: I committed yesterday after my practice.
CSR: Did you call one of the assistants or did you call Coach Rhoads?
SD: I called Coach Rhoads and we just talked about our games from this past weekend. Then I told him that I thought it was time for me to become a Cyclone. I was just so happy and my high school coach was jumping up and down. Coach Rhoads got really excited and thanked me for the commitment. We talked a little more and then he told me that we would talk later in the week.
CSR: What were the most important factors in your decision?
SD: The coaching staff was most important to me because I just love how they are progressing with the program. The next biggest thing would be the fans. I just loved how the students were getting into the game and overall they were just unbelievable.
CSR: So was your recent visit to Iowa State the factor that clinched your decision?
SD: Yeah, it really was and I wanted to commit that day but my father and I talked and he just wanted me to think about it a little more before I made my final decision. The other night I told him that I really felt that Iowa State was the place for me and he agreed. He told me that it was my decision and that I had to do what was best for me so I decided to make my commitment yesterday.
CSR: What is it about Coach Rhoads that you like so much?
SD: I like that he's from Iowa and you can tell that Iowa State is like his family. I just really like his passion and I feel like I can trust him. The first time I was at Iowa State we just got along right away. I felt like I had know him and Coach Bleil for a real long time.
CSR: How exciting is it to know that you are going to be playing your college football in the Big 12?
SD: It's just so awsome and that is why I had a tear in my eye when I was committing to Coach Rhoads. All the hard work really paid off and I also really owe so much to my coach for helping me out. It's just the greatest feeling in the world.
CSR: Do you know what your role will be next year as a freshman?
SD: The current plan is for me to redshirt so I should be there for the next five years.
CSR: Are you planning any other visits to Iowa State?
SD: Yeah, I talked with father and I'm definitely hoping to make another one of their home games before the end of the season.