Cole Anderson had a decision to make, one he wasn't quite ready for. Iowa State, or Oregon State. Oregon State, or Iowa State. As he entered his senior at Clear Falls High in League City, Texas, Anderson couldn't bring himself to decide between the two.
"I had two great places — I knew I'd be happy at either place," Anderson said Monday night. "Both the head coaches, Paul Rhoads and Mike Riley, were the most genuine people I had ever met. Really cared about the kids, the players. They want to win games but they want to make better people."
Anderson, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive lineman, was going to wait until the season was over. Suddenly, last week, the decision became a whole lot easier. The Beavers, with one spot left earmarked for an offensive lineman, accepted a commitment from Drew Clarkson on Oct. 9. Anderson knew the Cyclones, too, had one spot left for a player of his position.
"Unfortunately, [Clarkson] made the decision before me; it happens," Anderson said. "I watched his highlight tape and they got a good one; I wish him the best.
"I couldn't bring myself to make a decision. I wasn't looking either way. I loved both schools. Two great options. But then I got to."
Anderson called the Iowa State coaches Sunday night, then served the news Monday on Twitter in a string of five tweets, beginning with a message of gratitude and ending with the cyber unveiling: I am an IOWA STATE CYCLONE!!!"
The Cyclones now have 15 non-binding verbal commitments in their 2014 class, including three offensive linemen.
Anderson confirmed to several reporters Sunday night he had made a decision, but preferred to wait until Monday for the big ta-da. As his friends don't actively follow Iowa State recruiting news via social media, Anderson still held the element of surprise.
"I walked around school waiting to tell everyone," Anderson said. "I told my teammates at practice because I wanted to let them know first, went to an FCA meeting then announced it … I wanted to make sure I thanked everybody that was involved. Lot of great coaches [involved]. Wanted to make sure that was conveyed and wanted to make sure I thanked my family."
Anderson's father, Clayton, graduated with a Master's from Iowa State and recently was hired as a distinguished lecturer in aerospace engineering at the University. The Anderson family will move to Omaha where the periodic commute to Ames and back won't be too bad.
The current graduating class at Clear Falls High School is the first of its kind to spend all four years at the school, making Anderson the first player football player in school history to sign with an FBS school.
Anderson will take his official visit Nov. 9 for the Cyclones' home game against TCU.