Cyclones are on the board

Iowa State landed its first commitment in the 2013 class on Friday afternoon, as quarterback Trevor Hodge (Perris, Calif./Citrus Hill) pulled the trigger. Hodge visited Iowa State last weekend and left with a very positive feeling about the school and program, but wanted to sit down and discuss the decision with his family before announcing his intention.

"I went out there and loved the stuff they were offering," Hodge said. "I fell in love with the system, the scheme, the coaches, the facilities and the academics."

Hodge said he jumped at the chance to become the first commitment for Iowa State in large part because of the staff's decision to recruit him solely as a quarterback. The 6-foot-1, 186-pound signal-caller was recruited as an athlete by many programs, but said only the Cyclones approached him initially as a quarterback and never wavered from that position.

"They didn't see my height as a factor and that was one of the biggest part of this decision," Hodge said. "A lot of schools didn't want to take a chance on me because of my height, but they looked past it and saw I could play the game and fit their offense."

Hodge said the distance from home came into play initially, but he now looks at is as an opportunity to mature that everybody eventually needs to undertake. He will have the option to graduate and enroll early, but is still deciding whether he wants to take advantage of that or spend the extra semester with his family before heading to Ames, Iowa.

As a junior, Hodge threw for 2,115 yards and 16 touchdowns, and rushed for 738 yards and 15 scores.