Cyclones offer Florida Running Back

Iowa State will be losing outstanding running back Alexander Robinson at the end of the 2010 season. The staff wants to make sure they have plenty of depth to compete for his starting spot in 2011 and one player who they would like to see competing for that spot would be Jefferson County (FL) High School's DeVondrick Nealy.

"I'm very interested in Iowa State and I'm really happy that they offered," said Nealy. "I don't have any favorites at the moment but I'm just looking for a place where I can come in and play right away because I definitely don't want to be on the bench. The Iowa State coaches are confident that I could do that for them."

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound running back already has offers from Texas Tech, Tennessee, Stanford, Southern Mississippi, USF, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Minnesota, Memphis, and Duke.

So what is the main reason for all the early interest in Nealy?

"Speed is what they tell me," he said. "Coach (Shane)Burnham told me that they feel that every time I touch the ball I have a chance to make a play. He's trying to set something up to where I can come up for a visit to Iowa State so that I can meet all the coaches and players."

DeVondrick also got a phone call recently from Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads.

"He told me that he watched my film and he was very excited about what he had seen," said Nealy. "He feels my abilities fit in with their offense which I agree with because we play the spread offense on my high school team. He told me that he noticed that I can make people miss in the open field and he felt that I could play either at running back or wide receiver which would be great because I love playing both running back and the slot receiver."

DeVondrick is not close to making a decision but clearly knows what he is looking for in a school. "I could make a decision this summer but it probably won't be until the fall," he said. "I just want to go to a place where I can play right away and to a school that help me develop to where hopefully I can play at the next level."

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