February 21, 2008

Iowa State offers 2009 Florida trio

Iowa State has joined the derby for three talented 2009 prospects from the same high school in Florida. It may be a winner-take-all chase with the trio going to the same college, or it may not be. Either way, the Cyclones will face tough competition to get commitments from any one of the three standouts.

ISU has made just a few scholarship offers to date for '09 prospects and three of the most recent recipients are Ray Ray Armstrong, Andre Debose and Dyron Dye from Seminole High School in Sanford, Fla. It's the same high school that produced 2008 prospect Adrin Haughton, the offensive lineman who signed with the Cyclones earlier this month. Now Iowa State would like to pull some more talent out of head coach Mike Cullison's rich program, but it won't be easy.

"They're all open, I will say that, just because all of the Florida schools have offered doesn't mean it's over for everyone else," Coach Cullison said. "Florida, Florida State, Miami, South Carolina, Kentucky, Purdue, FIU, UCF, now Iowa State. Those are some of the schools that saw their film on Rivals and said, 'We'll take all three.' They are all pretty talented kids."

Armstrong is a huge safety prospect for the Fightin' Noles, a 6-foot-4, 218-pounder prowling the defensive backfield. Debose is an athlete, 6-foot-0 and 170, who could help college teams in a number of different ways. And Dye is a 6-foot-4 and 215-pound rush end, but he'll likely be heavier by the time his senior season rolls around.

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