Iowa State added one of the Windy City's top athletes today when St. Rita's Tommy Mister committed to the Cyclones.
The 6'1, 190-pound Mister played quarterback and running back at Oak Lawn Richards last year, but has now transferred to St. Rita, where he will be a running back. He commits to the Cyclones for that position and says one of their current commits had much to do with his choice.
"Actually, I was favoring Michigan State a lot," he admitted. "July 1st I planning on committing to Michigan State, but then I talked to Allen Lazard about wearing #5 at Iowa State. I asked him if he was wearing it and he said yeah. I said, do you think I can get it? He said year, if a number is deciding if you want to go to Iowa State or a different school, you can have it in a heartbeat. It's all yours. He's a great guy and I love to play with him and the coaching staff."
That staff, lead by head coach Paul Rhoads, was another big reason for Mister's choice.
"I already love coaching staff, and we talked about me getting in and making a big impact on the team. We talked about that, me and Allen and he said we can be something special early in the organization. Talking to him about that boosted my confidence on committing to Iowa State. My mom loved it. My dad was iffy at first but now, as long as it's where I want to be, he's all for it."
After a long journey full of offers, visits and twists and turns, Mister is happy to be committed and readying himself for his senior year and beyond.
"It feels good. Looking back on my first offer from Notre Dame about a year ago, I wouldn't have thought Iowa State would be in the picture, but everything happens for a reason. Going through all the visits was great. I had a great time when I visited South Bend and Champaign and U of I, and then going downtown to visit Northwestern. I had a great time at Michigan State as well, met some great future Spartans. The process, I loved it, but it was also a hassle."
The only hassle now will be for opposing defenses looking to contain Mister and his new teammate and friend Lazard.
"To know where I'm playing in 2014 and know I'm going to be playing with big time recruit like Allen and making lot of noise in the Big 12 is something special and I'm glad I'm going to be a Cyclone."