ISU has successful 2010 signing day

Coming off an Insight Bowl win over Minnesota that included key performances from Coach Paul Rhoads first recruiting class in 2009, the Cyclone coaching staff was able to bring in 28 new signees today.

This has five more players than that first one and hopes to make the same impact. Some of those players include: David Sims, who was the team leader interceptions, Josh Lenz, who was third on the team in all-purpose yardage, and AJ Klein and Jake Knott, who played key roles on special teams.

"Assembling a recruiting class takes a lot of people and not just the ten coaches that go out on the road," Rhoads said. "For all of those people who helped assemble this class, we say thank you."

The 2010 Iowa State recruiting class is even as far as offense and defense is concerned. There are 14 offensive players in this class and 13 players from the defensive side of the ball to go along with a punter.

"We filled needs at every single position group on the football team," Rhoads said. "The difference from last year is time; we have had a full year to put this class together and the seven wins and Insight Bowl win certainly helped enhance the finished product."

Six of those players have come from the junior college ranks and the other 22 from high school. The truly impressive item about this class may be the success rate the Cyclone coaches had on players that took official visits to campus.

15 players took official visits to the Iowa State campus during the regular season this year and 14 of those student-athletes signed letters of intent today. 32 total players took official visits over the past year and 28 of those players signed with the Cyclones, which is an incredible success rate of over 85 percent.

"I have been doing this for 21 years and I have never been around a class with that high of a success rate," Rhoads said. "I would dare you to look around the country and see what other teams have done that."

Another striking item about this class may be how quickly the letters of intent for Iowa State came in. 18 of the new Cyclones sent in their signed letters of intent between 8 and 10 a.m., and all of the letters had been received by 9:42 a.m.

"That's a tribute to our plan and our coaching staff," Rhoads said. "This class brings speed and athleticism at every position group."

Three of the six junior college players that were recruited to Iowa State are on campus taking classes and participating in winter workouts already. Those players will also be able to take part in spring practice and Rhoads introduced those three players, Jon Caspers, Ricky Howard and Anthony Young, at the press conference today.

Howard is expected to play a key role coming in and replacing Derrick Catlett at the tight end position. Young is a defensive back that could get some immediate playing time in some of Iowa State's defensive scheme as nickel back because of the multitude of spread offenses in the Big 12.

"In our eyes, we recruited 28 five-star kids because we wanted them and we evaluated them to recruit them to be Iowa State Cyclones," Rhoads said. "In our mind, we put together one heck of a class."

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