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Iowa & Iowa State compete for in-state football recruits

Allen Lazard signed his letter of intent with Iowa State on Wednesday in Urbandale, Iowa. Allen Lazard signed his letter of intent with Iowa State on Wednesday in Urbandale, Iowa.

A highly-touted quarterback and an in-state star expected to play receiver highlighted Iowa's football recruiting class. The Hawkeyes signed 19 players.

Detroit-area quarterback Tyler Wiegers is considered among the nation's top pro-style passers.

La Porte City's Jay Scheel, who will move from quarterback to wideout, was one of five in-state players signed.

Cedar Rapids Xavier defensive end Matt Nelson is the most notable signee on that side of the ball for Iowa, which finished ninth in scoring defense in 2013.

Kirk Ferentz wants the best players in Iowa.

"Recruitment of in-state players is so critical to us and so important," said Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz. "We didn't get everybody we wanted in-state but I think it's obviously a reflection of the football in this state. It's outstanding and a lot of tremendous young people. We're really excited about all the signees from our state."

The Hawkeyes finished 8-5 last season and lost to LSU in the Outback Bowl. Their class was ranked 49th overall by ESPN.

Iowa State signed 25 players, but just one in-state player.

Wide receiver Allen Lazard, of Urbandale, turned down offers from some of the nation's best programs, including Notre Dame, to follow in the footsteps of his father, Kevin, as a Cyclone.

The four-star recruit was a first-team all-USA All-American, a top-50 national recruit by and played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Lazard says he's happy the process is over.

"It's just kind of a little weight off my back and now I just have to focus on finishing my high school basketball season and then it's football from there on out," said Allen Lazard.

"It was nervous at certain times," said Kevin Lazard. "It was definitely a fun process to go through, one we'll definitely remember and learned a lot about but definitely enjoyed."

Iowa State's overall class was ranked next to last in the Big 12 by ESPN and 59th overall.

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