The 6-foot-1, 235-pound linebacker was being recruited the Cyclone staff for a long time but he did not pick up a scholarship offer until just recently.
"They have been recruiting me since the start of the fall," said Pate. "A lot of other schools were also recruiting me but many of them backed off when they realized I didn't have a qualifying score yet. Iowa State stayed with me and three days ago they chose to offer me a scholarship."
Dentrell likes that if he qualifies that he will be able to possibly see early playing time. "Coach Messingham told me that they like how I'm always around the ball," he said. "I know that if I go up there and work hard that I can play early."
Dentrell also likes the fact that one of his high school teammates will also be in Ames. "Having Shontrelle there wasn't the biggest factor in my decision but it will definitely make it better that he is there," said Pate. "We weren't a package deal to Iowa State. I liked them and he liked them and so we both ended up picking them."