Quick hits on ISU's 2014 recruiting class (Scout.com take)

Published: February 5 2014 | 10:17 am - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 3:12 am in

Trey Scott, publisher of AllCyclones.com, a scout.com, site, shared some of his initial observations on Iowa State football's 2014 recruiting class with The Gazette. Find Trey's fine stuff (some free, some subscription) here.

  •  On Allen Lazard: Lazard makes it two straight seasons the Cyclones have nabbed an Army All-American from Iowa, joining Jake Campos in 2013. For the four-star Lazard — who we have as the No. 23 wideout — to stick with ISU the whole way, it had a big effect on the rest of the class. Good players want to play with guys they think they can win with, and the Cyclones being able to point at Lazard as the first commit of the class really helped. He took his official visit Jan. 24, which was late in the process, but intentional, as the staff wanted to save him and show him off for the many other prospective recruits in Ames (ISU had four uncommitted three-star players in for official visits and landed three of them).

  • Radar, radar: The Cyclones mined a few under-the-radar prospects with good potential in this class but everybody's excited about Michael Warren, from Lawton, Okla. The hire of Lou Ayeni as running backs coach helped with Warren, who Ayeni recruited at Toledo, and once the Cyclones offered, I was under the impression Warren became choice No. 1 over Tommy Mister, who had decommitted and wasn't yet committed to Indiana. Warren probably would have ended up with the Sooners had they not gotten five-star Joe Mixon (Rob: hang tight on this, keep an eye out, Mixon could flip to UCLA) and he also was talking frequently to Oklahoma State. Academics were a concern for Warren but he'll qualify.

  • Yes, but: The glaring hole in this class is the lack of a true defensive tackle but I'm of the impression Terry Ayeni will be a three-technique by the time fall camp's over. He'll see that's where the playing time is — ISU has two JUCO ends coming in; I really like Dale Pierson — and coach Shane Burnham will help him with the finer points.

  • Quicks: Other than Lazard, Warren and Martinez Syria, another running back, I think Brian Peavy is a freshman with the best shot at playing. The cornerback is super athletic and his confidence definitely borders on cocky — but that's a really good thing for a freshman corner. Troy Douglas had no issues starting true freshman Nigel Tribune at corner last season.

  • JUCO impact: In regards to all the JUCO guys, I'd expect Jordan Harris, Dale Pierson and Devron Moore to be starting in the opener, while Qujuan Floyd will get lots of playing time and might start next to Moore at the other safety spot. Those guys were coveted JUCO players.

THE LIST

Cole Anderson, OL, League City, Texas

Terry Ayeni, DL, JUCO, Roswell, N.M.

Darius Campbell-Lee, QB, Spring, Texas

Colin Downing, P, Whitefish Bay, Wis.

Quijan Floyd, DB, JUCO, Santa Monica, Calif.

Jordan Harris, LB, JUCO, Wesson, Miss.

Willie Harvey, LB, St. Augustine, Fla.

Victor Holmes, DB, La Porte, Texas

Michael Johnson, DB, Clearwater, Fla.

Kody Kodanko, OL, De Pere, Wis.

Allen Lazard, WR, Urbandale

Gabe Luna, DL, JUCO, El Dorado, Kan.

Devron Moore, DB, JUCO, Miami, Okla.

Reggan Northrup, DB, Jacksonville, Fla.

Brian Peavy, DB, Houston

Dale Pierson, DL, JUCO, Pasadena, Calif.

De’Monte Ruth, DB, Dallas

Orion Salters, WR, Dallas

Scott Schaffner, TE, Peculiar, Mo.

Sam Seonbuchner, LB, Hartland, Wis.

Martinez Syria, RB, Houston

Wendell Taiese, OL, JUCO, Oakland, Calif.

Michael Warren, RB, Lawton, Okla.

Juan Wesley, WR, Harvey, Ill.

William Windham, OL, Schertz, Texas


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