Other promising prospects include linebacker Alton Meeks, a 6-3, 240-pounder from Orlando, Fla., who’s already on campus; quarterback Joel Lanning of Class 4A Iowa state champion Ankeny; offensive lineman Shawn Curtis of Orlando, another high school graduate who enrolled early; and linebacker Justin Madison of Tampa, Fla.
Rhoads hesitated to call it his best recruiting class, but he did acknowledge “there’s more high-profile athletes that are part of this group, guys that have been assigned more golden apples than other players in the past.”
Iowa State signed nine players in all from Florida, the highest number in Rhoads‘ tenure. He moved an assistant coach from California to join another coach working Florida and said the Cyclones were helped by having Troy Douglas on the staff. Douglas, who coaches the secondary, is from Jacksonville, Fla.
While the day ended well, it didn’t start that way for Rhoads.
“Woke up this morning at 5 o’clock, got the dog out, coffee made, shower, got my way to the office, sat down, the fax machine’s on, the paper’s loaded,” he said. “Went to take the first phone call — the phone was at home on the bathroom counter. Not the way I wanted to start the day out. I was able to run home and get it and things flowed smoothly from there.”
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