To say that Iowa State took a big step in its recruiting for the 2014 class is a major understatement.
The Cyclones picked up its first commitment of the class in Allen Lazard (Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale), a 6-foot-5, 203-pound wide receiver. Lazard announced his news via Twitter early Monday evening.
“Today, I took a big step in life, and that was to commit to play football at Iowa State,” Lazard tweeted. “Couldn't be happier. #cyclONEnation #PacktheJack”
Lazard later confirmed the commitment via phone call and said he’s looking forward to playing for coach Paul Rhoads.
“I’ve been deciding about this for a month or so,” Lazard said. “I called Coach Rhoads up. I mainly chose them because of the family environment I got when I was there. They’re really a program on the rise.
“Coach Rhoads is just a great coach. He knows what he’s doing. He’s been very successful in past years. Right now, I wouldn’t want to play for any other coach. He’s kind of that coach who you know would go to battle for you.”
Lazard had offers from Iowa and Nebraska, in addition to Iowa State. He also had interest from Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, Notre Dame, Illinois and Wisconsin.
Lazard caught 40 passes for 928 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior. He used his frame to also reel in six 2-point conversions on the season. Lazard additionally showed that he’s just as good on the defensive side of the ball, lining up at safety for Urbandale.
Lazard said he’s excited about where the Cyclones are headed in the future, but he’s even more excited about being the first commit of his recruiting class.
“That’s pretty exciting,” he said. “Now, I can hopefully be someone to maybe influence some out-of-state athletes that might not have considered Iowa State before.”