May 21, 2008

Cyclones offer Florida def. end

Iowa State did not sign running back Bo Williams out of Oakland Park (Fla.) Northeast High in the class of 2007, but when the big back decided to transfer from Florida, their constant presence in the state helped bring him to Ames. Now, Williams' transfer to Iowa State is paying potential dividends for the Cyclones in the class of 2009.

Four-star defensive end David Gilbert is also out of Oakland Park Northeast. Several college coaches were on hand for Northeast's spring practice yesterday, after which the 6-4, 214-pound prospect added five new scholarship offers. One of those offers was from Iowa State.

"I found out yesterday," Gilbert said of the Iowa State offer. "I talked to the coach and he was saying the d-line coach wanted to offer me. They also offered the twins (linebackers Isaac Geffard and Jacob Geffard) and they are going to offer our running back (Travis Laurent).

"Iowa State, there's a big chain of us going up there. Bo Williams transferred from Florida to there and he's supposed to be starting next year, so there's definitely an attraction to go there when you have someone there that you know."

Gilbert said that based on what he has heard about Iowa State from Williams, the Cyclones are a team he has high interest in.

"I was talking to Bo - he came down not too long ago - and he was saying they treat you really well up there," Gilbert said. "That's a big thing I am looking for: personability. It tells me that they really care."

Gilbert is a four-star prospect according to He is also ranked as the No. 222 player in the country and the No. 10 weakside defensive end.

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