Cyclones Surprise Ozigbo

Cyclones Surprise Ozigbo

Iowa State surprised powerful running back Devine Ozigbo in a big way over the weekend

Iowa State made a big impression on the nation's No. 84 running back this weekend.

Sachse (TX) back Devine Ozigbo, who appears to be the Cyclones' top target at the position, visited both Iowa and Iowa State this weekend and was at the Des Moines airport when he spoke via phone to AllCyclones.com.

"Iowa State I was very, very pleasantly surprised with what I saw," Ozigbo said. "The campus was way better than I expected and the people were really nice as well. Both of those schools had friendly people. Iowa State surprised me in a most pleasant way; it was pretty cool."

The unofficial visit to Iowa also drew rave reviews: "Iowa's real nice, especially the stadium. I got to meet some recruits at the tailgate, the coaches, I definitely liked it a lot."

The Cyclones and Hawkeyes are each in Ozigbo's top eight, which should be whittled down before the summer ends.

Devine Ozigbo

"I have to see a few more places before I can re-do it," Ozigbo said.

As a junior in 2013, Ozigbo ran for 947 yards and 13 touchdowns and caught 23 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns, guiding Sachse to an 11-1 season.

After taking one power back (Martinez Syria) and one speed back (Michael Warren) in 2014, the Cyclones — who have limited space in their 2015 recruiting class — have zeroed in on the 5-foot-11, 230-pound Ozigbo to be their future workhorse.

"They told me if I played there right now I'd be the biggest running back they had on campus, how they need a guy like me with size and running ability," Ozigbo said.

Ozigbo took a liking to new ISU running backs coach Louis Ayeni as well.

"It was real great to see him," Ozigbo said. "I found out he's Nigerian and that's pretty cool because both my parents are Nigerian."

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