Four-Star OT Talks Iowa State Offer

Baldwin (KS) offensive tackle Christian Gaylord was in Ames last weekend for Iowa State's matchup with the Kansas Jayhawks. The four-star prospect picked up his fifth offer from the Cyclones, and got a closer look at Paul Rhoads program. Go Inside as Gaylord breaks down his visit…

2015 offensive tackle Christian Gaylord was on the sidelines last Saturday for Iowa State's win over Kansas. The Baldwin (KS) product was impressed with what he saw of the Cyclones in their win over his home-state Jayhawks.

"It was good," he said of his visit to Ames. "Of course it was frigid outside. It was three degrees. I would have rather it been a little bit warmer, but the cool thing was it was the coldest game ever for Iowa State."

The four-star prospect had a feeling ISU was close to offering. After spending some time with head coach Paul Rhoads, he got some good news.

"I kind of had a feeling," Gaylord said with a smile. "I went into Coach Rhoads office before the game. We sat down, and he started talking to my dad about how his wife went to the same school my mom did. All of a sudden, he said ‘Christian, we want to offer you a scholarship.'"

The scholarship to Iowa State was the fifth offer for the three-year starter, following Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Kansas, and Missouri.

"I was humbled by it. They are a good program, and they are headed in the right direction. Their facilities are brand new, and are just as good as anybody else's."

Gaylord enjoyed his time on the sidelines. He watched the head coach closely, as well as offensive line coach Chris Klenakis.

"Coach Rhoads, he's a very animated person," he said of the fourth-year head coach. "When he was on the sideline, he wasn't that bundled up. Just how excited he was kept him warm."

"Their offensive line coach is pretty crazy," he said of Klenakis. "He only had a short sleeve shirt on for the whole game. He has a lot of energy. Their offensive line is kind of like our line. What they run, we run, and they throw in a few play action passes like we used to do."

"The coaches were all around pretty cool. It was a good day."

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