May 6, 2008

ISU legacy is first 2009 commit

The spring evaluation period usually leads to a commitment or two for most schools around the country because college coaches are able to be seen in the schools of their top prospects and show their level of interest. On Monday the efforts of the Iowa State coaching staff this spring yielded the Cyclones' first commitment in 2009.

"I committed to Iowa State today," Bettendorf (Iowa) offensive tackle Kyle Lichtenberg reported. "I went and visited their engineering program and then went and checked out their dormitories. I was just really impressed all around. I met with Coach Chizik afterwards and went ahead and told him. He was really pumped because I am the first kid in the '09 class to commit to Iowa State."

Lichtenberg also held an offer from Colorado State and been receiving considerable recruiting interest from the likes of Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Northwestern. He detailed how his research this spring led him to the conclusion that Iowa State was where he wanted to be.

"I got the offer on April 3rd and since then I have been making a ton of visits," Lichtenberg said. "I went to all of the places I wanted to see and Iowa State still stood out above all of them."

Another factor playing in Iowa State's favor was Lichtenberg's familiarity with the school. Both of his parents are ISU graduates and he grew up following the Cyclones.

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