Iowa State has been looking for JUCO help in the defensive backfield and got some Tuesday with the commitment of NE Oklahoma A&M safety Devron Moore.
Moore is a three-star safety who chose Iowa State over TCU, West Virginia, Texas Tech and others. He is the 16th commit in the Cyclones' 2014 recruiting class and the first JUCO prospect.
In an interview with AllCyclones over Thanksgiving week, Moore said he enjoyed his Nov. 22 official visit to Iowa State.
"I just liked how I could fit in," Moore said. "The coaches knew everything about everything — academics, weights. Everything [with them] was really organized."
Iowa State is losing Jacques Washington and Deon Broomfield to graduation and needs starting help at safety. The staff, which this season got huge results from Rodney Coe, E.J. Bibbs and Aaron Wimberly, is targeting JUCO players who can step in and start immediately.
"I feel like I can help," Moore said last week.
Moore is a December graduate who recorded three interceptions this season, two for touchdowns, and seven the year prior.
"In our defense the free and strong safety are pretty similar, but Devron's more of a free just because his ball skills are incredible," said Zach Allen, defensive coordinator at NE Oklahoma A&M. "He's got a knack for understanding the route concepts and reading the QB and being in the right position whether it's a third, half or deep middle of the field, which is what he did most for us."