Some big news involving a couple of Iowa State biggest recruits in football and men’s basketball, both good and not yet bad, broke on Friday.
First, the good news. The 5-star shooting guard from Minnesota, Rashad Vaughn, released his top five schools on Twitter:
Blessed to say my final 5: Kansas, UNLV, Kentucky, Iowa St, North Carolina #NoOrder
— Rashad Vaughn (@ShowtimeMr) December 27, 2013
Cyclone men’s basketball made the final cut along with some powerhouse competition. Both Iowa State and UNLV are noted to be Vaughn’s favorites, but he still has other official visits to make, including a February 14th visit to Chapel Hill.
According to 247Sports, he’s already made official visits to Ames, Baylor, and UNLV, and has one more left. He’s already made an unofficial visit with North Carolina back in March.
Now, the maybe-bad news. The 3-star all-around football athlete, Tommy Mister, has decommitted from the Cyclones. Randy Peterson from the Des Moines Register pulls up some quotes that Mister made after the season:
In a story dated Dec. 19 at CSNchicago.com, Mister seemed to express the first public signs of uncertainty about his commitment to Iowa State.
“I’m still committed (to Iowa State), but I also feel like I need to know who I’m playing for, and I just don’t know that right now,” Mister said then. “I’d like to know what type of offense the new offensive coordinator will run, and if it’s a good fit for me.
“I love Iowa State, but the coaches talk all the time about this being a business. When Iowa State fired those coaches, you then realize it’s a business. I also have to treat this like a business, and I need to know all of the facts before I make a final decision.”
Mister has been faithful to Iowa State since his commitment in June, but that mindset began to turn late in the Cyclones’ football season and especially after his recruiter, running backs coach Kenith Pope, was fired.
Both him and Allen Lazard, a wide receiver who’s also a huge Iowa State recruiting name, are friends and were planning to go to Iowa State together.
I’d like to express to every Cyclone fan to not feel bad about Mister’s decision and to absolutely not say anything bad about the athlete on Twitter or especially toward him. Yes, the decommitment is a bummer but he brings up very good points.
Think of getting a job where somebody either hired or recommended you and they eventually got fired.
That’s what Mister faces. His recruitment decision could impact a potential NFL career if that are his goals, and he needs to get all of his eggs into a basket and make sure that he’s doing what’s right for him.