Kron Becomes Newest Cyclone

Cyclone Sports Report goes one-on-one with West Des Moines (IA) Valley High School defensive end Nick Kron who recently committed to Iowa State.

Cyclone Sports Report: You recently decided to accept a grey shirt offer from the Iowa State coaching staff. How did this come about?

Nick Kron: Coach Ash called me in the middle of December to tell me that he had seen my film and that he was going to stop by my school and see me because they were interested in recruiting me. So then shortly after that Coach Rhoads came to my school to see another ISU commit, Kirby Van Der Kamp, and he also came to talk to me and invited me to one of their bowl practices. So I went up for that practice and that is when he offered me the chance to grey shirt. He told me that if one of their commitments this year fell throught that I would be put on full scholarship for this year and so I accepted the offer.

Cyclone Sports Report: What other schools were you talking to?

Nick Kron: UNI, South Dakota State, and Iowa had offered me the chance to walk-on.

Cyclone Sports Report: What did Coach Rhoads tell you that he liked about your game?

Nick Kron: He likes my motor and feels that I play hard. He told me that he had heard good things about me and knows that me being an Iowa kid that I will show major love and pride for Iowa State.

Cyclone Sports Report: What do you like about Coach Rhoads?

Nick Kron: He's a real personable guy and I like how really shows a lot of attention to detail. He has a passion for what he does and it really came across when we got to talk about my situation.

Cyclone Sports Report: What is your current height and weight?

Nick Kron: I'm 6-foot-2 and I weigh 245 pounds.

Cyclone Sports Report: How many sacks and tackles for loss did you have this season?

Nick Kron: I had 10 sacks and 19 tackles for loss.

Cyclone Sports Report: So have you lived in West Des Moines your whole life?

Nick Kron: No, I actually grew up in Iowa City and then moved to Des Moines for my junior year.

Cyclone Sports Report: So did you grow up as an Iowa fan?

Nick Kron: Yeah, it's kind of funny because my mom graduated from Iowa so she's like a fish out of water right now but my step-dad, Mike Shindelar, played at Iowa State from 1980-195 so he's really excited. Mike and I are trying to convert her but it's still kind of early. He and I were watching the Insight Bowl wearing our Iowa State t-shirts and she came down with one on also and it just looked weird.

Cyclone Sports Report: You took your official visit this this weekend. How did things go for you?

Nick Kron: It went great as I got in Friday with my parents and we went over to the academic facilities which were really impressive. I like that they have a really solid graduation rate. Then we went to dinner with my host, Patrick Neal, who was a real cool guy. Then on Saturday we took the athletic tour which included getting to see things like the offices and the weight room. We then took a campus tour before going to the basketball game. After dinner I hung out with my host again and then today we had some meetings before heading back home.

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