2010 Signing Day Coverage
Head coach Paul Rhoads signed 28 members to the 2010 Iowa State football recruiting class. Click the links below for printable PDFs and a link to Rhoads' archived signing day media conference on the class.
|Time||Name (click for bio)||Pos.||Hometown/High School||Video||Coach|
|Enrolled||Caspers, Jon||OL||Bird Island, Minn. (Bold/NDSCS)||>>||>>|
|Enrolled||Howard, Ricky||TE||Hesperia, Calif. (Hesperia/Chaffey CC)||>>||>>|
|Enrolled||Young, Anthony||DB||Ontario, Calif. (Colony/Palomar CC)||>>||>>|
|6:40 a.m.||McCullough, T.J.||DB||Citra, Fla. (North Marion)||>>||>>|
|7:11 a.m.||Mattison, Floyd||LB||Katy, Texas (Morton Ranch)||>>||>>|
|7:16 a.m.||Kron, Nick||DE||West Des Moines, Iowa (Valley)||>>||>>|
|7:32 a.m.||Bennett, Adrian||DB||Houston, Texas (Klein Forest)||>>||>>|
|7:38 a.m.||Gannon, Jacob||OL||Iowa City, Iowa (West)||>>||>>|
|7:46 a.m.||Thomas, Matt||DB||Lancaster, Texas (Lancaster)||>>||>>|
|7:54 a.m.||West, Jarvis||WR||St. Petersburg, Fla. (Gibbs)||>>||>>|
|8:03 a.m.||Jensen, Brandon||DL||Ankeny, Iowa (Ankeny)||>>||>>|
|8:15 a.m.||Hollis, Duran||RB||Fort Worth, Texas (Polytech)||>>||>>|
|8:20 a.m.||Van Der Kamp, Kirby||P||West Des Moines, Iowa (Valley)||>>||>>|
|8:38 a.m.||Wedderburn, Jevoury||ATH||Urbandale, Iowa (Urbandale)||>>||>>|
|8:41 a.m.||Morgan, Clifford "C.J."||DB/LB||Frostproof, Fla. (Frostproof)||>>||>>|
|8:51 a.m.||George, Jeremiah||LB||Clearwater, Fla. (Clearwater)||>>||>>|
|8:52 a.m.||Gary, Albert||WR||Citra, Fla. (North Marion) (Butler CC)||>>||>>|
|9:04 a.m.||Dika, Shaban||OL||San Antonio, Texas (Earl Warren)||>>||>>|
|9:06 a.m.||Young, Chris||WR||Austin, Texas (Austin/Trinity Valley CC)||>>||>>|
|9:13 a.m.||Loth, Ben||OL||Chatsworth, Calif. (Crespi Carmelite)||>>||>>|
|9:18 a.m.||Givens, Durrell||DB||Riverside, Calif. (Cabrillo/Chaffey CC)||>>||>>|
|9:26 a.m.||Richardson, Pierce||TE||Burbank, Calif. (Crespi Carmelite)||>>||>>|
|9:32 a.m.||Graham, Eric "Bob"||OL||Jenks, Okla. (Jenks)||>>||>>|
|9:37 a.m.||Barnett, Jared||QB||Garland, Texas (Garland)||>>||>>|
|9:40 a.m.||Farniok, Tom||OL||Sioux Falls, S.D. (Washington)||>>||>>|
|9:42 a.m.||Pate, Dentrell||LB||Deland, Fla. (Deland)||>>||-|
|9:42 a.m.||Johnson, Shontrelle||RB||Deland, Fla. (Deland)||>>||>>|
|-||Nelson, Rony||DL||Miami, Fla. (Jackson/Yuba CC)||>>||>>|
Signing Day Coverage
The above student-athletes listed above have signed National Letters of Intent to play football at Iowa State. Student-athletes are only listed above if the Iowa State Athletics Compliance office has verified the National Letter of Intent and financial aid agreement.
The 2010 Class
|Jon Caspers | Junior|
|Offensive Line | 6-4, 287 | Bird Island, Minn. | Bold/NDSCS | >> Highlights | >> Story|
NDSCS: Three-star recruit ... chose Iowa State over offer from Washington State ... played two years at NDSCS for coach Chuck Parsons ... two-year letterwinner ... 2009 NCJAA honorable mention All-American ... earned all-region and all-confernce honors ... helped lead the Wildcats to an appearance in the 2009 Graphic Edge Bowl ... was a teammate of current Cyclone Jason Carlson.
High School: Two-year letterwinner at Bold High School for coach Steve Solem ... also earned high school letters in wrestling and baseball.
Personal: May 8, 1990 ... son of Peter and Taran Caspers ... agronomy major.
|Ricky Howard | Junior|
|Tight End | 6-3, 242 | Hesperia, Calif. | Hesperia/Chaffey CC | >> Highlights | >> Story|
Chaffey College: Two-time letterwinner at Chaffey College for coach Carl Beach ... earned National Central Conference all-conference honors both seasons ... finished 2009 with 11 catches for 91 yards and two touchdowns in six games ... as a freshman, recorded ten catches for 164 yards and two touchdowns.
High School: Three-year letterwinner and starter at Hesperia High for coach Robert Kistner ... earned all-conference honors as a senior as team posted 10-1 record.
Personal: Born April 6, 1990 ... son of Mark and Lora Stoddard ... kinesiology major.
|Anthony Young | Junior|
|Defensive Back | 5-9, 162 | Ontario, Calif. | Colony/Palomar CC | >> Highlights | >> Story|
Palomar College: Four-star recruit ... chose Iowa State over offers from Colorado State, Middle Tennessee State, Nevada, Tulsa and Utah State ... ranked 25th in rivals.com junior college top 50 ... team defensive MVP in 2009 ... collected a team-high six interceptions on the season, taking one back for a touchdown ... fourth for the Comets with 57 tackles in 2009 ... also had 16 pass breakups ... J.C. Grid-Wire honorable mention All-American in 2008 ... second-team All-Southern conference in 2008 ... finished second on team with 72 tackles as a freshman ... led team in pass breakups with 16 ... earned Defensive MVP honors in the Comets’ 2008 Golden Empire Bowl victory ... coached by Joe Early
High School: All-Mt. Baldy League selection as a senior and junior at Colony High ... second-team All-CIF Southern Section and second-team All-San Bernardino as a senior ... played for coach Anthony Rice ... also lettered in track and basketball ... holds Colony High School record in the triple jump (47’7.5”).
Personal: Born on June 20,1989 ... son of Anthony Young Sr. and Kristen Morris ... kinesiology major.
|Defensive Back | 6-0, 180 | Citra, Fla. | North Marion | >> Highlights|
High School: Three-star recruit ... chose Iowa State over offers from Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Rutgers and Central Florida ... three-year letterwinner at North Marion High School ... member of 11-2 team that went to regional semi-finals ... had two interceptions and returned a punt for a touchdown ... collected 31 tackles and had two interceptions as a junior ... had 34 tackles as a sophomore ... second-team all-area defensive back ... coached at North Marion by Craig Damon.
Personal: Born November 3, 1990 ... son of Michael and Alveria Pickett ... undecided on major.
|Linebacker | 5-11, 191 | Katy, Texas | Morton Ranch | >> Highlights|
High School: Three-star recruit ... ranked 89th among class of 2010 outside linebackers by rivals.com ... chose Iowa State over offers from Houston and Oklahoma State ... recorded eight tackles and recovered a fumble in the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl ... three-year letterwinner at Morton Ranch High School for coach Dave Meadows.
Personal: Born October 10, 1991 in Greenwood, South Carolina ... nephew of Don and Sheryl Williams ... son of Floyd and Wanda Mattison undecided on major.
|Defensive End | 6-2, 245 | West Des Moines, Iowa | Valley | >> Highlights|
High School: Finished his senior year with 52 tackles, 19 for loss and two fumble recoveries ... Des Moines Sunday Register Elite All-State selection in 2009 ... Iowa Newspaper Association and Des Moines Register Class 4A first-team All-State selection in 2009 ... unanimous selection for first-team All-CIML Iowa Conference selection as a senior ... picked up 48 tackles, three for loss, as a junior for the Tigers ... 2008 CIML All-Iowa Conference selection ... high school head coach was Gary Swenson ... teammate of fellow signee Kirby Van Der Kamp.
|Defensive Back | 6-1, 208 | Houston, Texas | Klein Forest | >> Highlights|
High School: Three-star recruit ... chose Iowa State over offers from Louisiana-Monroe, Minnesota and New Mexico ... recorded 35 tackles and three interceptions as a senior at Klein Forest High ... collected 23 tackles as a junior at DeKaney High School in Houston ... earned second-team all-district honors for DeKaney ... played for coach Ken Hamonock at Klein Forest and Willie Amendola at DeKaney.
Personal: Born July 21, 1992 ... son of Raymond Bennett and Lakeisha Pittman ... intends to major in engineering ... cousin of Martellus and Michael Bennett, both whom played at Texas A&M and now for the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, respectively
|Offensive Line | 6-6, 255 | Iowa City, Iowa | West | >> Highlights|
High School: Ranked eighth among Iowans according to rivals.com ... two-year letterwinner at Iowa City West ... 2009 Iowa Sports Connection Class 4A First-Team All-State ... 2009 Des Moines Register and Iowa Newspaper Association Class 4A Second-Team All-State ... 2009 first-team all-conference ... 2009 Gazette Communications all-area team ... 2009 team captain ... coached by Brian Sauser ... National Honor Society member
Personal: Born February 16, 1992 ... son of Mike and Denise Gannon ... indented computer science major.
|Defensive Back | 5-9, 155 | Lancaster, Texas | Lancaster | >> Highlights|
High School: Started his senior season ... compiled 83 tackles, 12 for loss, eight sacks and two interceptions ... chose ISU over Utah, UNLV, UTEP and Louisiana-Monroe ... also competed on the Lancaster’s state championship track team.
Personal: Born September 26, 1991 ... son of Sheila Thomas ... intends to major in pre-dental.
|Wide Receiver | 5-6, 148 | St. Petersburg, Fla. | Gibbs | >> Highlights|
High School: Three-star recruit ... rivals.com ranked West 86th in the country among class of 2010 wide receivers ... chose Iowa State over offers from Florida State, Mississippi, Nebraska, South Florida, Syracuse, Toledo, Tulsa and West Virginia ... collected 20 catches for 367 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior for the Gibbs Gladiators ... named a utility player on the 2009 St. Petersburg Times all-Pinellas County team ... returned a total of five kickoffs and punts for touchdowns as a junior ... also collected four receiving and three rushing touchdowns during his 2008 campaign ... second-team kick returner on St. Petersburg Times all-Suncoast team in 2008 ... honorable mention for 2008 St. Petersburg Times all-Pinellas County team ... coached by Donnie Abraham ... also lettered in track and field.
Personal: Born November 18, 1991 ... son of Eugene West and Demetra Green ... undecided on major.
|Defensive Line | 6-4, 267 | Ankeny, Iowa | Ankeny | >> Highlights|
High School: Prepped at Ankeny High School, where head coach Paul Rhoads went to school ... recorded 80 tackles, 15 for loss as a senior for the Hawks... recorded double-digit tackles three times, including season-high 15 in win over Urbandale ... was also the team’s punter, averaging 40.5 yards per punt ... 2009 Des Moines Sunday Register Elite All-State team ... 2009 INA and Des Moines Register Class 4A first-team All-State ... first-team All-CIML Central conference in 2009 ... collected 55 tackles, nine for loss and five sacks as a junior ... second-team All-CIML Central conference in 2008 ... coached by Jerry Pezzetti ... also lettered in wrestling and track ... finished fifth at the Iowa High School State Track and Field Championships in the shot put.
Personal: Born April 6, 1992 ... born in Killeen, Texas ... son of Brian and Wendy Jensen ... undecided on major.
|Running Back | 5-10, 190 | Fort Worth, Texas | Polytech | >> Highlights|
High School: Fort Worth Star-Telegram Area Top 50 ... Chose Iowa State over offers from Baylor, Houston, Iowa, UTEP and Western Kentucky ... also received basketball offers from Southern Illinois, Tulane and Tulsa ... rushed for 1,217 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior ... caught 20 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns ... also recorded 86 tackles and five interceptions, taking two back for touchdowns, as a senior ... district player of the year and first-team all-district safety ... ran for 1,456 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior for the Parrots ... also caught 10 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns ... returned three kicks for touchdowns ... all-district and Metroplex SuperTeam first-team running back as a junior ... played at Polytechnic for Othell Robinson.
Personal: Born December 27, 1991 ... newphew of Avery and Anna Johnson ... undecided on major.
|Kirby Van Der Kamp|
|Punter | 6-4, 180 | West Des Moines, Iowa | Valley | >> Highlights|
High School: Ranked 10th among Iowans according to rivals.com ... two-year letterwinner ... averaged 40.5 yards per punt on 27 attempts for the Tigers ... also played wide receiver for Valley, collecting 18 catches for 236 yards and one touchdown ... unanimous all-Iowa Conference and second-team 4A All-State according to the Iowa Newspaper Association ... coached by Gary Swenson ... also lettered in soccer ... first team All-Iowa Conference goalie.
Personal: Born April 3, 1994 ... son of Ron and Sal Van Der Kamp ... undecided on major ... cousin Jamie Beyer was a seven-time All-American thrower for the Iowa State track and field team (1997-2000).
|Athlete | 6-1, 190 | Urbandale, Iowa | Urbandale | >> Highlights|
High School: Rushed for 2,032 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior for Urbandale ... recorded 15 tackles on defense for the J-Hawks ... Des Moines Sunday Register 2009 Elite All-State running back ... 2009 Iowa Newspaper Association and Des Moines Register Class 4A first-team All-State ... first-team All-CIML Central conference as a senior ... dashed for 1,159 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior ... second-team All-CIML Central conference as a junior ... All-conference honorable mention as a sophomore.
Personal: Son of Andrea Cunningham.
|Clifford "C.J." Morgan|
|Defensive Back/Linebacker | 6-2, 190 | Frostproof, Fla. | Frostproof | >> Highlights|
High School: Two-star recruit ... chose Iowa State over offer from Colorado State ... recorded 86 tackles and four interceptions in his senior season ... competed for Lake Wales High School before transferring to Frostproof ... two-time Most Valuable defensive back for Lake Wales ... collected 72 tackles and three interceptions as a junior ... had 20 tackles and two picks as a sophomore ... also lettered in basketball ... coached by Brad Methney at Frostproof.
Personal: Born November 25, 1990 ... son of Mark Cooler and Lynn Morgan ... undecided on major.
|Linebacker | 5-11, 200 | Clearwater, Fla. | Clearwater | >> Highlights|
High School: Three-star recruit ... ranked 57th nationally among outside linebackers according to rivals.com ... chose Iowa State over offers from Buffalo, Colorado State, Kansas, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State, SMU, Troy, Tulane UCF and Western Kentucky ... three-time Clearwater Defensive MVP and overall team MVP in 2009 ... team captain as a senior ... registered over 150 tackles on the season ... team’s leading rusher as a senior with 512 yards and five touchdowns ... returned an interception and punt for a touchdown against Dixie Hollins ... 2009 St. Petersburg Times’ Pinellas County Defensive Player of the Year ... 2009 St. Petersburg Times all-Suncoast team ... recorded 94 tackles, 12 for loss, four sacks and an interception as a junior for the Tornadoes ... coached at Clearwater by Tom Bostic.
Personal: Born January 24, 1992 ... son of Ike George and Shannon Sebek ... intends to major in psychology.
|Wide Receiver | 5-9, 194 | Citra, Fla. | North Marion/Butler CC | >> Highlights|
Butler CC: Enrolled in January 2009 ... redshirted during 2009 season.
High School: Four-year letter winner at North Marion ... Named 3A player of the year in Florida after rushing for more than 1,860 yards as a senior ... also racked up 700 yards receiving and more than 500 yards in punt and kickoff returns ... totaled 35 touchdowns in his final prep campaign ... broke North Marion school record for longest run from scrimmage in a game (99 yards) ... rushed for 1,891 yards as a junior and contributed 57 tackles ... collected 105 tackles as a sophomore ... earned all-state honors as a safety as a sophomore and at running back in both his junior and senior seasons ... also lettered in basketball and track ... coached by Craig Damon at North Marion.
Personal: Born August 1, 1989 ... son of Mursnice and Janice Gary ... business major.
|Offensive Line | 6-5, 291 | San Antonio, Texas | Earl Warren | >> Highlights|
High School: Three-star recruit ... chose Iowa State over offers from Utah and Kansas ... unanimous first-team Class 5A-28 all-district recipient for the Warren Warriors his senior year ... transferred to Warren from Beacon High School in New York prior to his senior season ... also participating in the shot put in high school ... coached in high school by Bryan Dausin.
Personal: Born February 3, 1991 ... son of Ristem and Pranzara Dika ... intends to major in criminal justice.
|Wide Receiver | 5-11, 183 | Austin, Texas | Austion/Trinity Valley CC | >> Highlights|
Trinity Valley: Four-star recruit ... ranked 36th among junior college recruits according to rivals.com ... chose Iowa State over offers from Kansas State, North Texas, Southern Mississippi and UAB ... played two years at Trinity Valley Community College ... earned second-team all-conference honors as a sophomore ... led the conference in regular-season receptions with 32 for 508 yards and three touchdowns in 2009 ... caught 31 passes for 482 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman for the Cardinals ... coached by Brad Smiley.
High School: Earned all-district honors as a wide receiver, defensive back and return specialist at Austin ... collected honorable mention all-state honors his senior season ... coached by Rodney Vincent.
Personal: Born July 20, 1990 ... son of Reggie Young and Kim Woody ... intends to major in criminal justice.
|Offensive Line | 6-5, 272 | Chatsworth, Calif. | Crespi Carmelite | >> Highlights|
High School: Three-star recruit ... chose Iowa State over offers from Fresno State and UNLV ... three-year letterwinner at Crespi ... Serra League all-conference recipient as a junior and senior ... Los Angeles Daily News second-team All-Area ... second-team all-conference as a sophomore ... also lettered in basketball and track ... high school teammate of fellow Cyclone signee Pierce Richardson ... coached in high school by Jeremiah Ross.
Personal: Born July 28, 1992 ... son of David and Terri Loth ... undecided on major.
|Defensive Back | 5-11, 198 | Riverside, Calif. | Cabrillo/Chaffey CC | >> Highlights|
Chaffey CC: Three-star recruit ... recorded 22 tackles and one interception in seven games for Chaffey College ... collected 47 tackles and four interceptions in 2008 for Chaffey ... teammate of fellow signee Ricky Howard.
High School: Recorded 61 tackles and three interceptions as a senior at Cabrillo High School in 2005 ... first-team All-Moore League defensive honors as a senior ... played for coach Marcus Turner
Personal: Born Aug. 24, 1988 ... son of Guy and Deborah Givens ... intends to major in journalism and mass communications.
|Tight End | 6-4, 218 | Burbank, Calif. | Crespi Carmelite | >> Highlights|
High School: Three-star recruit ... 36th ranked tight end in the class of 2010 according to rivals.com ... 92nd-best player in California according to rivals.com ... chose Iowa State over offers from Nevada, New Mexico State, San Diego State, Utah State and Wyoming ... three-year letterwinner at Crespi ... had 17 catches for 256 yards and two touchdowns as a senior for the Celts ... earned all-league and Los Angeles Daily News all-area team honors in 2008 and 2009 collected ten catches for 188 yards as a junior ... also lettered in lacrosse ... high school teammate of fellow ISU signee Ben Loth ... coached in high school by Jeremiah Ross.
Personal: Born February 10, 1992 ... son of Michael Richardson ... undecided on major
|Eric "Bob" Graham|
|Offensive Line | 6-4, 276 | Jenks, Okla. | Jenks | >> Highlights|
High School: Three-star recruit ... ranked 25th among recruits from Oklahoma according to rivals.com ... chose Iowa State over offers from Air Force, Colorado State, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville, North Texas, Toledo, Western Kentucky and Wyoming ... three-year letterwinner ... team captain for 13-1 Oklahoma 6A runners-up ... Jenks Trojans ... co-district offensive lineman of 2009 ... Tulsa World first-team All-Metro ... The Oklahoman and Tulsa World first-team All-State offensive lineman ... 6A District 3 Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year ... high school coach was Allan Trimble.
Personal: Born April 3, 1991 ... son of Tom and Rhonda Graham ... undecided on major.
|Quarterback | 6-0, 192 | Garland, Texas | Garland | >> Highlights|
High School: Three-star recruit ... ranked 27th nationally among dual-threat quarterbacks according to rivals.com ... 69th ranked player in SportsDay’s Area 100 by the Dallas Morning News ... chose Iowa State over Houston and Kansas State ... led the Garland Owls to a 9-1 record as a senior ... threw for 2,134 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2009 ... also ran for 373 yards and six touchdowns ... broke Garland High School record for most pass completions in a game with 24 against Abilene Cooper ... quarterbacked the Owls to an 11-2 record as a junior ... honorable mention All-District as a junior ... threw for 1,376 yards and 14 touchdowns and ran for 420 yards and three touchdowns as a junior ... broke school-record for most passing yards in a game with 383 against Lake Highlands ... threw for 761 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore ... coached at Garland by Jeff Jordan ... also lettered in baseball, basketball and track ... high school teammate of current Cyclone Keith Blanton, Jr.
Personal: Born March 29, 1992 ... son of Tyrance and Laura Barnett ... intends to major in kinesiology.
|Offensive Line | 6-3, 257 | Sioux Falls, S.D. | Washington | >> Highlights|
High School: Chose Iowa State over offers from North Dakota, North Dakota State and South Dakota State ... three-year letterwinner for Washington High School ... team captain of Washington Warrior team that went 13-0 and claimed the Class 11AA state title, Washington’s first since 1976 ... Class 11AA First-Team All-State ... named offensive MVP of All-City Team ... First-Team Greater Dakota All-Conference as senior and junior ... academic All-Conference and All-State in 2009 ... named to Argus Leader “Elite 45” ... 2008 Class 11AA first-team All-State ... honorable mention All-conference as a sophomore ... coached by Brian Hermanson ... also lettered in basketball and track.
Personal: Born Aug. 31, 1991 ... son of Brad Farniok and Christine Jones ... undecided on major.
|Linebacker | 6-1, 225 | Deland, Fla.. | Deland | >> Highlights|
High School: Three-year letterwinner ... recorded 147 tackles, 18 for loss and five sacks as member of state runner-up DeLand squad ... earned all-state and All-Volusia County honors as a senior ... recorded 52 tackles as a junior ... high school teammate of fellow signee Shontrelle Johnson ... coached at DeLand by Kevin Pettis.
Personal: Born April 11, 1992 ... son of Cynthia Pate ... intends to major in business management.
|Running Back | 5-9, 172 | Deland, Fla. | Deland | >> Highlights|
High School: Three-star recruit ... ranked 28th by rivals.com among all-purpose running backs nationally ... chose Iowa State over offers from Florida, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Memphis, Mississippi, Northwestern and Vanderbilt ... three-year letter winner between stays at DeLand and Crescent City High School ... helped lead the DeLand Bulldogs to its first Class 6A State Championship Game ... rushed for 1,993 yards and 19 touchdowns, also caught four touchdown passes ... Volusia County offensive player of the year ... Orlando Sentinel first-team All-Central Florida ... honorable mention Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team ... ran for 1,373 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior at Crescent City High ... ran for 1,373 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore at Crescent ... also lettered in track ... coached at DeLand by Kevin Pettis.
Personal: Born November 26, 1991 ... son of Valtina Lee ... intends to major in business management.
|Defensive Line | 6-2, 240 | Miami, Fla.. | Jackson/Yuba CC | >> Highlights|
Yuba CC: Started two years for the Yuba 49ers under coach Ted Hoal ... led the California Community College Athletic Association in sacks with 16.5 in 2009 ... also led the CCCAA in tackles for loss with 24.5 ... Region I All-California First-Team Defense in 2009 ... two-time Bay Valley all-conference selection ... recorded 11 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss as a freshman, also forced two-fumbles.
Personal: Born January 24, 1989 ... son of Adeline Nelson and Jean Dennis ... kinesiology major.
* Some bio photos and highlight clips used courtesy of Rivals.com and Scout.com