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Record-breaker Todd Blythe took in game (TI)

Our list of potential future Cyclones who were in Ames Saturday night to watch Iowa State defeat Texas Tech at Jack Trice Stadium includes Ellsworth Community College cornerback Terrance 'Tee' Jones.

Texas Tech game visitors:

Todd Blythe, WR, 6-5, 200, Indianola H.S.

A four-year varsity starter. Named all-state after junior season. Had 54 receptions for 790 yards and eight touchdowns as a wide receiver. On defense, Blythe had seven interceptions from his defensive back position. Scholarship offers from Iowa State and Iowa, but committed to the Cyclones a few days before their annual in-state clash with the Hawkeyes. Also recruited by Texas, Stanford, Notre Dame, Michigan, Harvard, Kansas State, and Wisconsin.

Brandon Cook, OL, 6-6, 320, Garner-Hayfield H.S.

A first-team all-state selection by the Iowa Newspaper Association and Des Moines Register, Cook anchored an offense last season that recorded the third-highest rushing yards in school history. Garner-Hayfield, which earned a trip to the Class 2A state playoffs, wrapped up the 2001 campaign 7-3 overall and finished second in District 4 at 6-1. Cook will likely start inside at offensive guard, but could move outside to tackle later in his career. Cyclone coaches are impressed with his dominating play up front in the run game. However, playing in a run-oriented system, Cook will need to sharpen up as a pass blocker at ISU. He chose the Cyclones over recruiting interest from Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Michigan State.

Terrance ‘Tee' Jones, CB, 5-10, 175, Ellsworth C.C.

Was originally recruited by former Cyclone secondary coach Bob Elliott as a Florida high-schooler. Jones enrolled at Ellsworth Community College and earned all-conference mention last season as a freshman. He's made six interceptions so far in his JUCO career. Leaning strongly towards Cyclones.

Nate Mechaelsen, QB, 6-2, 190, Northeast Hamilton H.S.

Passed for 925 yards and 16 touchdowns on 47-of-84 completions last fall. Even more impressive was the fact he threw just two interceptions. Like many of the quarterbacks ISU recruits, Mechaelsen posses the ability to throw both in the pocket and rolling out. Mechaelsen, who earned first-team all-district and honorable mention all-state honors, led Northeast Hamilton (7-2) to within one game of a Class A playoff berth last fall. He has already broken his school's single-season and career touchdown marks.

Bret Meyer, QB, 6-3, 180, Atlantic H.S.

In addition to the Cyclones, Meyer garnered recruiting interest from Iowa, Nebraska, Penn State and Wisconsin after throwing for 1,570 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior. Taking over the starting job as a sophomore in 2000 he passed for 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns. After throwing 13 interceptions as a first-year starter in 2000, Meyer cut that number down significantly last fall and demonstrated more confidence as a pocket passer.

Kurtis Taylor, ATH, 6-3, 200, Fort Dodge HS

Recruited as an athlete, Taylor flashes the ability to play a number of different positions. He played both wide receiver and weak-side linebacker last fall for the Dodgers, but has shown the capability to play quarterback and defensive end as well. He will become the third Fort Dodge senior in three years to sign with the Cyclones, joining offensive lineman Seth Zehr (2002) and Nik Moser (2001). Committed to Iowa State over interest from Iowa and UNI.

Here is a list of the other recruits that visited for the Nebraska game

Carter Black, Sioux City Heelan HS
Andy Brodell, Ankeny HS
Aaron Cawthorn, Des Moines Roosevelt HS
Chase Coffman, Raymore-Peculiar (Mo.) HS
Alex Danielson, Ames HS
Brett Doud, Oskaloosa HS
Adam Edwards, Cedar Rapids Jefferson HS
Bret Flynn, South Tama County HS
Brandon Franklin, Des Moines Hoover HS
Robert Hollway, Academy of Holy Angels (Richfield, Minn.)
Lane Kelly, Creighton Prep HS (Omaha, Neb.)
Tyler Lorenzen, Eddyville-Blakesburg HS
Brian Masker, Underwood HS
Matt Mullen, Lincoln (Neb.) Southeast HS
Brandon Myers, Prairie City-Monroe HS
Logan Papik, Lincoln (Neb.) Southeast HS
Chase Rogers, Marshalltown HS
Nick Ross, Atlantic HS
Michael Sabers, Iowa City High
Matthew Scherbring, Oelwein HS
Keith Sietstra, Rock Valley-Boyden-Hull HS
Chip Smith, Independence HS
Mike Stensrud, Lake Mills HS
Levi Whitmire, Aplington-Parkersburg HS
Brett Wulke, Marshalltown HS

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