"You can just see in Coach Chizik's eyes that something big is going to happen at Iowa State," said Klein. "I can't be more excited for the future of Iowa State football. I really feel he is getting all the things needed to be a winning program."
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound star linebacker rode with his family through the night after his team's Friday night victory over Neenah High School in order to get to Ames for the Kansas game on Saturday. "It was great because we went to the stadium right away and I got to meet with all the coaches," said Klein. "We walked through the locker room and then I got to see the spirt walk on to the field."
A.J. and his family then took in the game from the stands and really enjoyed all aspects. "My parents were a few rows away and they really loved it. All the fans were telling them how big things are coming for Iowa State football," he said. "I don't think those fans ever sit down. They were so excited and I don't think there was one quiet moment during the game."
After the game, A.J. got to hang out with his host and future teammate, Deric Schmidgall. "At first I met his family and then we went back to his place and hung out," he said.
Klein then spent some of Sunday morning getting a chance to talk with Coach Chizik and Cyclone Defensive Coordinator Wayne Bolt. "They're really excited to have me coming to Iowa State and they told me that they can't wait to get me there on campus," he said. "They told me what to expect next year and we talked about how I will be coming early for summer school. I think I'll be arriving in Ames around June 26th. Overall, I just think it's a matter of us taking what Coach Chizik says and putting in out on the field."