ISU Commit Lichtenberg Visits Iowa

Iowa State verbal commit and Bettendorf offensive lineman Kyle Lichtenberg took an official visit Iowa City this weekend, something he hadn't planned on doing before Gene Chizik abruptly left Ames for Auburn. While he says he is still committed to Iowa State, the Hawkeyes made a solid impression.

When Kyle Lichtenberg made a verbal commitment to former Iowa State coach Gene Chizik in the spring, he didn't consider that Chizik might not be there. The Cyclones were coming off a three-win season, and Coach Chizik was entering only his second year as the top dog in Ames. Well, exit Tommy Tuberville and enter Chizik as the new Auburn Tigers football coach. Enter a small cloud of indecision into the mind of Lichtenberg and the possible reevaluation of his verbal commitment.

"I wouldn't say that (Chizik leaving) is 100 percent the reason of my visit (to Iowa)." Lichtenberg said. "It definitely played a role. My first order of business is to go up there (Ames), meet the new coaching staff, and see what they are all about."

Before he visits with new Cyclone head football coach Paul Rhoads, he took the time officially visit Iowa City this past weekend. Something that not many people would have predicted after his verbal commitment took place.

"I got to see inside the program a bit more on my visit." Lichtenberg said. "I got to find more of a comfort zone this time around. After seeing the campus and meeting a lot more of the players, and becoming friends with them, I feel a lot more comfortable up here (in Iowa City)."

Many people might wonder why visit Iowa City if you are committed to being in Ames. For Kyle, he really wanted to see the whole package: football, academics, and team life. He will be an engineering major when he enters college next season. So having the chance to meet former Iowa offensive lineman Mike Elgin, an engineering student while at Iowa, left Kyle impressed.

"That was a good experience." Lichtenberg said. "I also got to talk with (Iowa kicker) Dan Murray. He is an engineer (student) there. Hearing from a student-athlete about those things was really neat. He let me know that if you put your mind to it (being a student-athlete) you can do it."

So, after his visit to Iowa City, where do the Hawkeyes stand with Lichtenberg?

"They are definitely up there." He says. "But I will have to go up to Iowa State and meet the new coaching staff before making any sort of decision (on that)."

Kyle hopes to have this completely nailed down before the spring signing date. He is encouraged, however, by the fact Coach Rhoades is a former Cyclone coach and an Iowa native.

"It is reassuring that he used to coach there (ISU)." Says Kyle. "It's nice to have an Iowan there. It sounds like he will be in there for the long haul."

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