A highly-touted quarterback and an instate star expected to play receiver highlight Iowa's latest football recruiting class.
Detroit-area quarterback Tyler Wiegers is considered among the nation's top pro-style passers. He'll join a crowded position group that also includes underclassmen C.J. Beathard and Nic Shimonek.
La Porte City's Jay Scheel, who will transition from quarterback to wideout, headlines the list of Iowa-based recruits announced Wednesday.
Running back C.J. Hilliard of Cincinnati will help the Hawkeyes replenish their depth in the backfield. Cedar Rapids Xavier defensive end Matt Nelson is perhaps the most notable signee on that side of the ball for Iowa, which finished ninth in scoring defense in 2013.
The Hawkeyes finished 8-5 last season and lost to LSU in the Outback Bowl.
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown High School/CC
Mick Ellis K 5-10 180 Fr. Allen, Tex. Lovejoy
Jalen Embry DB 6-0 184 Fr. Detroit, Mich. King
Terrence Harris DE 6-3 250 Fr. Englewood, N.J. Paramus Catholic
Parker Hesse LB 6-3 215 Fr. Waukon, Iowa Waukon
C.J. Hilliard RB 5-10 185 Fr. Cincinnati, Ohio St. Xavier
Joshua Jackson DB 6-1 175 Fr. Corinth, Texas Lake Dallas
Marcel Joly DB 5-11 180 Fr. Hyattsville, Md. Forestville Military Acad.
Dillon Kidd P 6-2 230 Jr. Deerfield Beach, Fla. El Camino CC
Lucas LeGrand OL 6-5 260 Fr. Dubuque, Iowa Senior
Aaron Mends LB 6-0 200 Fr. Kansas City, Mo. Winnetonka
Matt Nelson DE 6-8 255 Fr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa Xavier
Ben Niemann LB 6-3 205 Fr. Sycamore, Ill. Sycamore
Jameer Outsey LB 6-3 220 Fr. Somerset, N.J. Franklin
Keegan Render OL 6-4 315 Fr. Indianola, Iowa Indianola
Jay Scheel WR 6-1 180 Fr. Mount Auburn, Iowa Union
Miles Taylor DB 6-0 185 Fr. Silver Spring, Md. Gonzaga College HS
Omar Truitt DB 5-11 180 Fr. Fort Washington, Md. St. Johns College HS
Tyler Wiegers QB 6-4 215 Fr. Lake Orion, Mich. Detroit Country Day
Filling a need. It’s been a cliché term when head coaches talk about their recruiting classes on National Signing Day, but that’s exactly what Iowa State head football coach Paul Rhoads did Wednesday.
Rhoads and Iowa State had 25 players sign National Letters of Intent, as the Cyclones addressed their needs by replenishing positions with future stars on the gridiron.
ISU’s 2014 class, ranked in the top 50 nationally by Scout.com, features seven junior college players – all of whom Rhoads believes can contribute right away - and 18 prep players. It was a perfect balance, and Rhoads is happy with the recruiting efforts of his staff.
“I am very pleased with how the whole process worked out,” Rhoads said. “Our coaching staff did a phenomenal job. In the sport of football, you have to address every position. We did that with this class and we have guys who can make an impact right away.”
The future of ISU football will arrive on campus from 11 states/provinces. Texas is most represented with eight. The Cyclones signed only one Iowan in their class, but he is a big one - perhaps one of the biggest recruits in school history.
Allen Lazard, who was a three-time first-team all-state elite team member at Urbandale (Iowa) High School, shunned offers from some of the nation’s best programs to follow in the footsteps of his father, Kevin, as a Cyclone.
Name the national honor, and chances are Lazard earned it. The four-star receiver was a first-team all-USA All-American, a top-50 national recruit by Rivals.com and played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, joining Jake Campos as Cyclones to play in the prestigious bowl game in back-to-back seasons.
Rhoads is thrilled to have Lazard in a Cyclone uniform next season.
“Allen was the first commitment and first member of this class,” Rhoads said. “It marks the second year in a row the top-rated player in the state of Iowa has chosen Iowa State. This is a young man who has gotten phenomenal national attention and was recruited by the traditional historical programs in college football and kept on turning them away to stay true to his word to be an Iowa State Cyclone.”
Cyclone Newcomers By Position
Offensive Line (4)
Cole Anderson 6-3 260 Fr. OL League City, Texas (Clear Falls)
Kory Kodanko 6-5 325 Fr. OL Green Bay, Wis. (West De Pere)
Wendell Taiese 6-5 355 Jr. OL Oakland, Calif. (McClymonds/Laney C.C.)
Will Windham 6-4 320 Fr. OL Schertz, Texas (Clemens)
Darius Lee-Campbell 6-2 200 Fr. QB Spring, Texas (Spring)
Running Back (2)
Martinez Syria 6-0 200 Fr. RB Humble, Texas (Nimitz)
Mike Warren 6-0 185 Fr. RB Lawton, Okla. (Lawton)
Wide Receiver (3)
Allen Lazard 6-5 215 Fr. WR Urbandale, Iowa (Urbandale)
Orion Salters 5-9 165 Fr. WR Dallas, Texas (Jesuit)
Jauan Wesley 5-11 180 Fr. WR Markham, Ill. (Thornton Township)
Tight End (1)
Scotty Schaffner 6-4 225 Fr. TE Raymore, Mo. (Raymore-Peculiar)
Colin Downing 5-11 180 Fr. P Whitefi sh Bay, Wis. (Whitefi sh Bay)
Defensive Line (3)
Terry Ayeni 6-2 265 Jr. DL Toronto, Ontario (Central Tech./New Mexico Military)
Gabe Luna 6-1 245 Jr. DL Garden City, Kan. (Garden City/Butler C.C.)
Dale Pierson 6-2 260 Jr. DL Bakersfi eld, Calif. (Independence/Pasadena C.C.)
Jordan Harris 5-11 233 Jr. LB Clarksdale, Miss. (Clarksdale/Copiah-Lincoln C.C.)
Willie Harvey 6-1 215 Fr. LB Hastings, Fla. (Menendez)
Reggan Northrup 6-1 190 Fr. LB Jacksonville, Fla. (First Coast)
Sam Seonbuchner 6-2 220 Fr. LB Oconomowoc, Wis. (Arrowhead)
Defensive Back (6)
Qujuan Floyd 6-0 190 Jr. DB Los Angeles, Calif. (Crenshaw/Santa Monica C.C.)
Vic Holmes 5-11 180 Fr. DB La Porte, Texas (La Porte)
Mike Johnson 5-11 175 Fr. DB Clearwater, Fla. (Countryside)
Devron Moore 5-11 185 Jr. DB Carthage, Mo. (Carthage/NE Oklahoma A&M)
Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini announced the Huskers’ 2014 recruiting class on Wednesday. The Huskers welcome 24 scholarship players to the program for the 2014 season, including three players who enrolled at Nebraska in January.
The scholarship class includes players from 13 states, including four players from Texas and three each from Nebraska, Florida and Louisiana. Among the signees, 13 players are expected to begin their career on offense, with 10 defensive players and a place-kicker.
In addition to the scholarship signees, Nebraska added 18 players as walk-on prospects in the 2014 class. The walk-on class includes 16 players from Nebraska, as well as prospects from Michigan and New York.
2014 Nebraska recruiting class:
Jake Bartling, de, 6-3, 225, Elm Creek (Neb.) HS.
J.T. Carey, wr, 5-10, 170, Atlantic Coast HS, Jacksonville, Fla.
Cody Carlson, de, 6-2, 220, Stanton (Neb.) HS.
Alex Curbeam, qb, 6-3, 180, Burke HS, Omaha, Neb.
Matt Dietz, ol, 6-3, 290, North Star HS, Lincoln, Neb.
Tevita Fehoko, dl, 6-2, 285, West HS, Anchorage, Alaska.
Dakota Fulk, k-p, 5-11, 180, Holdrege (Neb.) HS.
Logan Gier, rb, 5-9, 185, Burke HS, Omaha, Neb.
Ronald "Petey" Greene, lb, 6-4, 225, Nassau (N.Y) CC.
Alex Harms, db, 6-2, 210, St. Patrick's HS, North Platte, Neb.
Shai Harris, db, 5-10, 180, Glendale (Ariz.) CC.
Jake Hasty, rb, 6-1, 195, Elkhorn HS, Omaha, Neb.
Ryan Hollivay, ot, 6-7, 345, East Mississippi CC.
Nekari Jones, wr, 6-1, 185, Victory Christian Academy, Lakeland, Fla.
Jaimee Juse, de, 6-4, 225, Citrus HS, Inverness, Fla.
Steven Knowles, dl, 6-1, 225, Citrus HS, Hernando, Fla.
Jack Lydiatt, wr, 6-2, 190, Pine Creek HS, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Caleb Lundgren, rb, 5-10, 180, Chadron St.
Ryan McFarlin, qb, 6-2, 205, Atlantic Coast HS, Jacksonville, Fla.
Anthoni Neris, lb, 6-3, 210, Orange Park (Fla.) HS.
James Pouncey, rb, 5-10, 175, Citrus HS, Inverness, Fla.
Lim Puoch, wr, 6-1, 170, Burke HS, Omaha, Neb.
Luke Quinn, rb, 5-9, 190, Horizon HS, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Chance Redmond, ol, 6-1, 280, Hillcrest HS, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Omar Rodriguez, te, 6-4, 220, Mesa (Ariz.) CC.
Cody Saul, wr, 6-4, 195, Mesa (Ariz.) CC.
Julius Smith, wr, 6-4, 185, Ribault HS, Jacksonville, Fla.
Tye Spies, te, 6-3, 230, Mullen (Neb.) HS.
Colin Stiles, k-p, 6-0, 180, Elkhorn HS, Omaha, Neb.
Brian Sunblade, db, 5-9, 170, Holdrege (Neb.) HS.
LaDarrius Thomas, db, 6-0, 170, Dunnellon (Fla.) HS.
Lyndon Tulimasealii, de, 6-4, 275, College of the Desert (Calif.)
Corey Van Dorn, lb, 6-0, 220, Orange Park (Fla.) HS.
Brendan Wentling, k-p, 5-9, 160, Grand Island (Neb.) HS.
Rodney Williams, db, 6-0, 200, Burke HS, Omaha, Neb.
Stephen Worthing, qb, 6-2, 180, Elkhorn South HS, Omaha, Neb.
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