August 5, 2008

Three-star linebacker in the Cyclone fold

The extended verbal commitment process has ended for Kimberly (Wisc.) linebacker A.J. Klein. After talking to an Iowa State assistant coach last week and saying he wanted to commit to the Cyclones, Klein finally got his chance Monday to talk with ISU coach Gene Chizik and put a wrap on it.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Klein is rated as a three-star prospect by in addition to being the no. 73 outside linebacker in the nation and the no. 4 prospect in his home state of Wisconsin. He initially began the commitment process with Iowa State on Friday.

"Coach (Wayne) Bolt and I talked and I told him where I stood," Klein said. "I'd talked with my parents earlier that day and we just decided it was right for me. I just thought the coaches were honest with me all the way and they were interested in me from the beginning. They feel I can make an impact there and I feel I can make an impact there."

But that wasn't the end of it as Iowa State doesn't consider a commitment complete until Chizik talks to the prospect and reiterates the meaning of commitment. After missing Chizik with several phone call attempts on Saturday and Sunday (coaches cannot return calls at this point in the recruiting calendar), Klein told Monday night that he finally had spoken with Chizik on the phone.

Klein also had offers from Wyoming, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. He said he was tempted to wait for possible additional offers from a pair of Big 10 schools that had been showing him very strong interest, Wisconsin and Northwestern, but decided to forego those avenues for the road that leads to Ames, Iowa.

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