Cyclones make offer to Missouri running back

The Iowa State football staff kicked off their 2011 recruiting season by hosting junior day and one player who left Ames very happy was St.Louis Chaminade (MO) College Prep's Rob Standard.

"I left with a scholarship offer from Iowa State and now I have two because Nebraska offered me a while back," said Standard. "The whole day was really great and I would say that I will definitely be considering Iowa State strongly."

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back was the Missouri Class 5 Player of the Year last season after running for 2,821 yards on 400 carries and scoring 40 touchdowns. "Coach Pope told me that he needs running backs that can make people miss and he told me that after watching me on film that I definitely do that well," said Standard. "I'm still trying to improve on my cuts, becoming even more explosive, and just becoming a running back that is even tougher to bring down than last year."

Rob also mentioned that he noticed how the Cyclones had a significant jump in victories during the first season under head coach Paul Rhoads. "It's a real big deal winning seven games compared to just two the year before," he said. "You can tell that they have worked hard and I think they will be tough to beat in the next few years."

It was Coach Rhoads that provided the biggest highlight for Rob and his family during the weekend. "He asked me and my parents if we could talk when we were eating so we went back to his office," he said. "He's a real down-to-earth guy and that's what I like in a coach. He told me what he saw in me and told me that he felt that I was a real hard working player. Then he offered me a scholarship to Iowa State."

Rob says that he truly had no idea that Coach Rhoads was going to do that but that it left him and his parents very happy. "I wasn't expecting it at all but it was really exciting," said Standard. "It just put a big smile on my face and my parents also couldn't believe it and were really excited when it happened."

Rob is also hearing from Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, and Illinois. He says that the next few months will be spent getting to see all the schools that are interested in him. "I have now been to Missouri and Iowa State and next week I'll be going to the junior day at Nebraska," he said. "I'm also planning on going to camp at Kansas and Nebraska and I might be going to some others this summer."

While Rob is excited about how his recruitment is going he is not at all ready to make any kind of final decision. "I'm a little confused right now because I'm just getting see some of these schools and I definitely want to look more into them before I would make a decision," said Standard. "I plan on taking some more visits, talking with my family, and then weighing my options before I will make any kind of decision."

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