Iowa State lands first 2011 commitment

Just over a month ago Cyclone Sports Report was first to introduce Iowa State fans to Cherokee (IA) Washington High School's Brock Dagel. On Saturday evening Brock decided to end his recruitment by committing to Iowa State.

"On Friday night I got to hang out with some of the Iowa State guys and we just clicked," said Dagel. "I mostly talked with Kyle Lichtenberg and the other offensive linemen and that pretty much pushed it over the edge. I knew it was a great fit and when I was hanging out with them I knew this is where I wanted to be for college."

But Brock wasn't ready to end his recruitment that night.

"So then on Saturday I met again with Coach (Bill) Bleil and everything went great," said Dagel. "So I went home and I talked things over with my parents and I told them that Iowa State was the place for me and they fully supported my decision. So then I called Coach Bleil and Coach Rhoads and committed to them. They both were super excited about it."

The native Iowan said his parents were very happy that he would be staying in state for college.

"My mom was happy and my dad was super excited that I'm going to Iowa State," said Dagel. "It's a great feeling for me because I'm proud to be from Iowa and my dad is just so excited that he'll be able to see play so often."

The 6-foot-7, 250-pound offensive tackle said the coaches already have a plan for him.

"As far as I know I'll be redshirting my first year because I need to put weight on during that season," said Dagel. "Then I'll start competing for the left tackle position. Since I'm left-handed they feel that is where I would fit best."

Brock told Cyclone Sports Report that there was a lot of factors that led to Iowa State becoming his choice but Coach Rhoads and Coach Bleil were the key.

"I just love the coaching staff and feel real comfortable with Coach Rhoads and Coach Bleil," he said. "With them turning things around last year and winning a bowl it just showed that Coach Rhoads is a winning coach and yet what I like about him is that he's so down to earth. He's got this program moving in an amazing direction and I'm just excited to be a part of it."

Brock is also very serious about his academics and so Iowa State also became the perfect fit in that regard.

"I want to major in engineering and they have a great school for that," he said. "So that also played a big factor in my decision."

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