Cyclones land Florida linebacker

The Iowa State coaching staff was hoping that they would land one player from Deland (FL) High School on national signing day. They did even better as they landed star running back Shontrelle Johnson and his teammate Dentrell Pate. Now the question is will Pate be in Ames next fall for the 2010 season?

"If I improve my ACT score which I am taking again this Saturday then I will be at Iowa State next season," said Pate. "If I don't then I'll be going to Iowa Western Community College. My way of looking at it is that I'm going to Iowa State because I have really studied and prepared for the test and I think that I'll get my score up so that I can go to Iowa State."

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."

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