For Darius Lee-Campbell, there was one last thing to check off the list. The Spring (TX) dual-threat quarterback knew he wanted to commit to Iowa State and play for Paul Rhoads, and he'd known that for a long time. But at the advice of his parents, Lee-Campbell wanted to wait until he got a first-hand look at Iowa State's campus and facilities.
He did that, and on Sunday, Nov. 10, the last day of his official visit in Ames, he told Rhoads he was ready to commit Nov. 10.
Rhoads, however, told Lee-Campbell to go back to Texas and talk it over with his parents, who then suggested he take official visits to make sure Iowa State fit. Lee-Campbell scheduled a trip to Yale, but that fell through. And he was planning on going to Wake Forest this weekend but the Demon Deacons suddenly became program in flux, with head coach Jim Grobe resigning.
For Lee-Campbell, it was a month-long test in patience. It finally — and we mean, finally — paid off Saturday as the dual-threat quarterback committed to Iowa State following an in-home visit with offensive line coach Chris Klenakis on Wednesday.
"With the campus being everything I wanted and with weapons like Allen Lazard, Martinez Syria, and Tommy Mister," the quarterback told AllCyclones, " I decided that this is the place for me."
Lee-Campbell is the 18th member of Iowa State's 2014 recruiting class.
Originally from the Denver area, Lee-Campbell burst onto the scene as a sophomore starter for the Spring Lions, passing for 1,041 yards and eight scores while adding 841 yards on the ground, with nine touchdowns. He'll play quarterback for the Cyclones, though many colleges see him the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder as a defensive back.
"Iowa State seems to have targeted him as a quarterback and at that position he is definitely a guy who can pull the ball down and beat you on the ground," Scout National Analyst Greg Powers, regional manager for Midlands recruiting, said. "He will continue to get better and develop his throwing skills, which will help him to become a more complete player.
Lee-Campbell holds offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Wake Forest, Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, New Mexico, Rice, TCU, Texas State, UTSA and Utah.
Iowa State signed two quarterbacks in the 2013 class. Lee-Campbell gives the Cyclones five scholarship quarterbacks for the 2014 season, barring any attrition.