December 10, 2007

First commitment from big weekend

The biggest official visit weekend of the 2008 recruiting cycle so far is starting to pay dividends for Iowa State. The Cyclones may have picked up multiple commitments from the double-figures roster of visitors that were in and CycloneReport.com has verified - exclusively - one of those verbal commitments. Here is the story.

Wahpeton (N.D.) North Dakota State College of Science wide receiver Jason Carlson has burst onto the recruiting scene in recent weeks in much the same fashion has he burst onto the JUCO football scene this fall. The speedy 6-foot-0. 195-pound receiver from the Twin Cities took his first official visit to ISU this past weekend and it will be his last, according to NDSCS coach Mike Shafer.

"I've got great news, Jason committed to Iowa State while he was there over the weekend," Coach Shafer said. "He loved it. I've talked to Coach (Jeff) Koonz, too, and the Iowa State coaches all really enjoyed him, they loved him. I was confident that would be the case, he's a great guy to be around. They told him he's a big time player and can come in right now and help them."

Carlson, who has been rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, caught 46 passes for 743 yards and nine touchdowns this past fall in his one and only season of competition for NDSCS. He also averaged 33.5 yards on eight kickoff returns and took two back for touchdowns. Carlson was a non-qualifier out of Armstrong High School in Plymouth (Minn.) and then had sit out the 2006 season at NDSCS with a back ailment.

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