Countdown Underway to Tomorrow

The final 24 hours leading up to Iowa State's signing of the 2003 recruiting class figures to be an anti-climactic one, as Dan McCarney's staff sits on 27 known commitments leading up to tomorrow's signing day press conference at 3 p.m.

ISU has addressed all of its glaring needs in this year's group, but would like to cap off one of McCarney's best class of high schoolers by adding a few more names to the list.

A name high atop that list is Plantation (Fla.) linebacker H.B. Blades, who originally committed to Pittsburgh before its linebacker coach moved on to Clemson. TheInsiders rates the 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker as a 3-star recruit. He will most likely make a decision tonight among four potential schools – Pittsburgh, ISU, Auburn and Virginia.

McCarney made an in-home visit last week, but it still might not be enough to snag Blades from the Panthers' camp, as the linebacker is reportedly still leaning towards honoring his original commitment.

Another prep that has resurfaced in the past few days is Omaha (Neb.) Benson athlete Tierre Green. Although they've been recruiting the 6-foot-1, 190-pound running back/safety prospect for months, the Cyclones and recruiter Mike Grant have turned up the heat recently.

Green announced plans to take an official visit to ISU this weekend and may not sign a letter of intent until next week sometime. The two-way prospect, who didn't get much hype in his senior season playing for 1-8 Benson, is being recruited as a running back and defensive back.

Since the Cyclones appear to have lost out on Houston commitment Anthony Alridge, the highest remaining tailback on their board, Green could be headed to the offensive side of the ball. However, with safety Brandon Owens' de-commitment from ISU to Minnesota, it's not a cinch Green will end up as a tailback either.

Still working the Houston area

Although both players have announced their plans to sign with Houston tomorrow, Cyclone coaches are still working the phones in hopes of getting Alridge (of Denton, Texas) and Crowley (Texas) defensive lineman Marquay Love to reconsider.

With up to three scholarships still remaining to offer, it's safe to assume the staff is holding scholarships for both Alridge and Love just in case. But with the new Houston regime's connections in the area and new commitment to hitting the local recruiting trail hard, it will be tough to sway either of the two.

Assuming Alridge and Love sign on with the Cougars, ISU would be left with some initial scholarships. One could be held for Green and another could go to a late qualifier or prep who fell under the radar screen.

Potential ‘preferred' walk-on visits

Englewood (Colo.) Cherry Creek linebacker John Martin drove to Ames late last week with his family on an unofficial visit, and appears to be considering being a walk-on at either Colorado or ISU. He had originally accepted an offer from the Buffaloes to greyshirt, meaning he'd wait one to two semesters before going on scholarship.

But now it appears his options are limited to being a ‘preferred' walk-on at either place. Utah and Nebraska have also expressed interest. Martin is a 6-foot-3, 220-pound inside linebacker prospect with 4.7 speed.

No longer interested

CN has learned Fort Worth (Texas) Diamond Hills-Jarvis Kevin Lenford will not receive a scholarship offer from the Cyclones. It was originally thought he was a backup plan in case Alridge, the higher-rated tailback, went elsewhere, but ISU appears to be targeting Green instead. Look for Lenford to sign on with Angelo State.

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