An exciting day for Cyclone Nation yesterday with the second verbal commitment of the 2013 class as 2013 point guard and Flint, Michigan native Monte Morris chose the Cyclones over Arizona State, Butler, Georgia Tech, USC and Xavier among others. Morris is a unanimous top 100 overall prospect by ESPN, Rivals and Scout, Inc. who joins fellow unanimous top 150 recruit Matt Thomas. The last time Iowa State had commitments from two Rivals top 150 players? The 2012 signing class with Georges Niang (#69) and Sherron Dorsey-Walker (#125), before then, only in 2007 and 2003! Morris made his decision yesterday in his high school gym, pulling out his cell phone in front of onlookers and dialing up Iowa State assistant Cornell Mann. After speaking shortly with Mann, Fred Hoiberg spoke with Morris as well with Morris telling Hoiberg “I’m going to be a Cyclone.”
Morris’ high school coach Mike Williams told Mlive.com that “A player of his caliber only comes around once in a decade.” In a story from Mlive.com Morris also told of his conversation he had with former Cyclone and Flint, MI native Jeff Grayer. ”When I went down there, (Grayer’s) face was all over campus and I knew he left a good Flint connection down there,” he said. For more on Monte Morris check out his recruit profile, containing over a dozen videos and the future Cyclone.
Morris wasn’t the only member of the 2013 class that made a verbal commitment yesterday, 2013 SF Steven Haney Jr. of St. Thomas Aquinas, FL and a former Michigan high school player committed to Central Florida last night. Haney Jr. had an Iowa State offer from his high school day’s in Michigan and Iowa State continued to recruit him even after the move. Over the past high school season Iowa State was named as one of the schools recruiting him the hardest. Although recently news between the two calmed as Haney Jr. took visits to Miami (FL), Central Florida and South Florida.
In an odd turn of events, 2013 Jeremy Morgan of Iowa City West also made a verbal commitment last night, to the University of Northern Iowa. Morgan took an unofficial visit to Iowa State on Monday alongside 2014 PG Clayton Custer and upon returning home said he received a call and was offered by the Cyclones. It was Morgan’s first high major offer, with others from UNI, Rice and Weber State however Morgan made the call last night and decided upon Northern Iowa.
2013 PF Kyle Washington has picked up offers from Seton Hall, Memphis and Georgia Tech. Washington was expected to make a visit to Louisville last week, however Washington did not make the trip beings Coach Pitino was not available. Washington did make an unofficial visit to Notre Dame this past Sunday.
Providence reporter Steve Hartnett reported last night that both 2014′s Jared Terrell and Abdul-Malik Abu made an unofficial visit to Providence yesterday. Both have received rave reviews this summer and will likely be top 100 recruits, Iowa State has offered both and spoke with them recently.
2013 E.C. Matthews will take an unofficial visit to Dayton on Friday according to Michigan high school coach Nate Schmidt. Matthews has been in recent contact with the Iowa State coaching staff.
2014 PF Chris McCullough received his most recent offer from Louisville, speaking with head coach Rick Pitino earlier this week.
2013 PG Terrence Samuel has made up his mind on 3 of his official visits, saying that Pittsburgh, UConn and Rhode Island will definitely be getting visits. Samuel also said along with those three, that Dayton was a school showing the most interest. Over the past two weeks he has also heard from Iowa State, Tennessee, Illinois and Temple.
2013 SF Martez Walker may be another name to keep an eye on, the Detroit, Michigan native currently lists Iowa, Iowa State, USC, Michigan State, Xavier, Tennessee, Minnesota, DePaul and Providence among others. Walker’s recruitment has been heating up this summer with Iowa State a potential front-runner early-on.
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