Signing Day Preview: ISUs class on offense
Two days away from signing day, Iowa State's 2010 football recruiting class is all but finalized. Here's an overview of who will sign with ISU on offense, including those who signed mid-year and are already enrolled in Ames for spring term classes. Stick with the proven authority on Iowa State recruiting - CycloneReport.com - for the very best signing day coverage all this week.
Jared Barnett, 6-foot-1, 190 Pounds, Garland (Texas)
Iowa State has had its man at quarterback since last spring when Jared Barnett committed to the Cyclones. ISU may have taken a second QB had the right guy been available and attainable, but Barnett seemed to always be the no. 1 target on ISU's board at the position. He also had offers from Kansas State and Houston and is a Rivals.com three-star prospect ranked as the no. 27 dual threat quarterback in the country.
Duran Hollis, 6-foot-1, 180 Pounds, Fort Worth (Texas)
Shontrelle Johnson, 5-foot-11, 180 Pounds, DeLand (Fla.)
The Cyclones were in the market for one or two running backs in the 2010 class and ended up with commitments from a pair of three-star prospects. First came Duran Hollis, committing in December over offers from Baylor, Iowa, Houston, Tulsa and others. Then in January, ISU received a commitment from Shontrelle Johnson, a one-time commit to Northwestern. Johnson also had Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and others and is ranked as the no. 28 all-purpose back in the country by Rivals.com.
Albert Gary, 5-foot-9, 195 Pounds, El Dorado (Kan.)
Jarvis West, 5-foot-7, 165 Pounds, St. Petersburg (Fla.)
Chris Young, 5-foot-11, 185 Pounds, Athens (Tex.)
Chris Young is a JUCO product, Jarvis West is a high school product and Albert Gary is a unique melding of the two. Young is a four-star prospect who committed to Iowa State in July over offers from Kansas State and SMU among others. He had hoped to be a mid-year graduate but didn't get his two-year degree on schedule to make that happen. West is a three-star prospect ranked as the no. 86 receiver in the country by Rivals.com. He was also offered by the likes of Ole Miss, Nebraska, Syracuse and more. Gary was a 2008 signee with Arkansas who has spent the last year and a half in junior college but has not played football, so he'll have up to four years of eligibility with the Cyclones. With its commitment to the spread offense, I-State can hardly over recruit on receivers and it got the full complement of three needed in this class.
Ricky Howard, 6-foot-5, 255 Pounds, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.)
Pierce Richardson, 6-foot-4, 230 Pounds, Encino (Calif.)
Iowa State will plug both a junior college and a high school prospect into the tight end ranks. Ricky Howard is the JUCO and he signed with ISU in December and is enrolled for the spring semester. Howard may be more blocker than receiver but there is nothing wrong with that as a team needs both at the position. Howard committed to I-State way back in July. Pierce Richardson is a three-star high school prospect ranked as the no. 36 tight end in the nation by Rivals.com.
Jon Caspers, 6-foot-5, 295 Pounds, Wahpeton (N.D.)
Shaban Dika, 6-foot-5, 295 Pounds, San Antonio (Tex.)
Tom Farniok, 6-foot-3, 260 Pounds, Sioux Falls (S.D.)
Jacob Gannon, 6-foot-6, 255 Pounds, Iowa City (Iowa)
Bob Graham, 6-foot-5, 280 Pounds, Jenks (Okla.)
Ben Loth, 6-foot-5, 275 Pounds, Encino (Calif.)
The last offensive lineman to commit to Iowa State was the first to sign as JUCO product Jon Caspers chose ISU in November and then signed early in December. The three-star prospect is enrolled. Cyclone legacy Jacob Gannon got the OL commitments rolling in August. The two-star prospect from Iowa City is the son of former ISU player Mike Gannon. I-State added two-star commit Tom Farniok in September and then had a huge October with three OL commits in a matter of days and all were three-stars. Shaban Dika picked ISU over offers from Kansas and Utah. Bob Graham was also offered by Kansas, Kansas State and Louisville plus many others. Ben Loth was the last O lineman to come on board with the Cyclones over offers from Fresno State and UNLV. Iowa State will need five or six offensive linemen per class in most years and will sign an even half dozen on Wednesday.