The Iowa State Cyclones are no strangers to the junior college scene. Some of
their more recent stars have come from that route, and in the Class of 2007,
Iowa State will once again look to help erase departed holes with veteran junior
The Cyclones have targeted the linebacker position as
a serious need, thus warranting the prospect of bringing in a junior college
Coahoma Junior College linebacker Brandon Whittie was the first
JUCO linebacker hosted by the Cyclones on an official visit this past
"After the visit, Iowa is real high on my list," Whittie
"I really liked the school, and really liked
it up there. I thought it was better than Florida. Iowa
State had shown me
some interest in high school, and here at Coahama, we had a player, LaMarcus
Hicks, go to Iowa State and we always hear good things about Iowa State down
Whittie hails from Jacksonville, Florida where he attended
Englewood High School.
Whittie signed with Mississippi State out of high
school, but was a last minute non-qualifier, which
forced him to attend
Coahoma Junior College.
According to Whittie, Mississippi State remains
in contact, but the relationship between the two parties is not the same as it
was back in 2004-05.
"Mississippi State calls once in a while, but it
seems things have cooled a bit between us. My
godbrother, Anthony Littlejohn,
plays there, and he tells me they are always asking about me, but I don't hear
from them as much. They still have an offer for me, and I just have to see where
things are," Whittie stated.
Part of the enjoyment of Whittie's visit to
Ames was the experience of taking in the game against the Huskers.
game was like being at a (Jacksonville) Jaguars game," added Whittie, who will
graduate in May
with three years of eligibility remaining to play two
"It was a high-impact game with a lot of emotion and enthusiasm
on the field. I liked the stadium, and I liked how the students were in the game
as soon as they entered."
Kurtis Taylor hosted Whittie on his
Whittie is also receiving interest from Southern Miss, Louisana
Tech, and Marshall.
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