Gary becomes newest Cyclone

There have been a lot of twists and turns during the recruitment of Butler Community College's Albert Gary over the last two years but all of that came to an end on Monday when he pledged his commitment to Iowa State.

"I went up for a visit this past weekend and the guys really treated me well," said Gary. "It felt like home as if I was back in Florida because everyone was so nice. My host David Sims was great and I found out that he lives only 10 to 15 minutes from my home. After I got home from the visit I talked with my parents about it and told them that I wanted to go there so I called the coaches on Monday and committed to Iowa State."

The 5-foot-9, 194-pound running back is not the typical junior college transfer and will actually have all four years of eligibility when he enrolls at Iowa State.

"I originally signed with Arkansas two years ago but I only went there for about a week because there was a problem with the NCAA Clearinghouse about a grade so I sat that year out," said Gary. "Then this past season I redshirted at Butler. Iowa State was recruiting one of my old teammates T.J. McCullough and my coach told Coach (Shane) Burnham about me and so they started recruiting me over winter break."

It didn't take long for the Iowa State coaching staff to take a liking to the 2008 Florida Class 3A high school Player of the Year.

"They saw my film and they told me that they like my vision and awareness on the field and how I run hard," said Gary. "Over the last two years I have been able to get stronger and improve my overall conditioning. Most importantly I have taken care of my school work because education comes first for me."

Albert got to meet with Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads during his visit and came away very impressed. "I had breakfast with him and he's just a really nice guy," he said. "He told me a lot about the program and he was just really straight up with me about my role. He said that Iowa State needs me and that they really feel I can be a playmaker for them in the future.

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