Dancy likely to visit Iowa State

Mt.San Antonio College defensive end Paul Dancy ended his 2009 season with a California Junior College State Championship. Now he's focusing on ending his recruitment but he wants to take a few more visits before he makes his final decision.

"I've been to Kansas and I'm taking a visit to Colorado State on January 15th," said Dancy. "Coach (Chris) Ash and I have been talking a lot over the past three weeks and it looks like I'll be taking a visit to Iowa State near the end of January. I also might take a visit to Baylor."

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound defensive end led his team with 9 1/2 sacks on the season and he is still excited about how his junior college career ended a few weeks back with a 7-6 victory for the California Junior College State Championship over College of San Mateo.

"The weather was crazy as it was raining and it was real windy but we just found a way to get it done," said Dancy. "My last two years at Dorsey High School my team got to the CIF semi-finals but I had never played in a championship game and it was just a wonderful feeling to end things that way."

Paul said that Iowa State has only started recruiting him hard over the past month but that his relationship with Cyclone assistant coach Chris Ash is already on solid ground.

"He has been coming down to see me and he's a nice guy who is very easy to relate to," he said. "He is selling Iowa State very well and he has made it very clear that I am one of their main recruiting targets at defensive end and that I'll be able to come in and compete right away because they have three defensive ends graduating this year."

The chance to come in compete for playing time is a huge factor for Dancy. "I'm a JUCO guy so playing time is huge for me because I only have two years at whatever school I choose," he said. "I really want to play right away but I'm also looking at the quality of coaches because I want to get better and the visits will be important because I want to get a feel for what the city is like at each school."

Paul has not spoken with Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads yet but he already likes what he knows about his team.

"It's a dream for a defensive player to play for a guy who has a defensive background like him," said Dancy. "They went from nothing to something in just one year under him and they are clearly an upcoming team. It just shows that the coaches know what they are doing and it would allow me to trust them if I chose Iowa State."

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