Will Cyclones Have a Mars Landing?

Can the Cyclones lay claim to the red planet?

Can the Cyclones lay claim to the red planet?

The signing date is Wednesday. Will Iowa State remain earth-bound in football recruiting, or will it take one giant leap for Cyclone-kind?

Of course, that being all-world linebacker Larvez “Pooh Bear” Mars, who is between FIU and Iowa State. Our friends at the Miami Herald offer this report:


Mars actually is from Florida, Apopka to be precise. He is a linebacker.


How big and bad can a guy be if he is nicknamed “Pooh Bear?”

Well, he played in the Army All-American Game in San Antonio, where a lot of the best prep seniors gather each year.

Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 8 inside linebacker in the nation, and the No. 24 player in football-rich Florida.

Mars just tossed out Orange Bowl-participant Cincinnati out of his equasion.

I’m admittedly not too involved in recruiting coverage. I’ve been preoccupied the last couple weeks with the Kurt Warner story. But looking at Iowa State’s list of commitments in Paul Rhoads’ first recruiting class, it’s clear he’s wasted no time mining some of the nation’s richest areas for prep football talent.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Rhoads had at least four verbal commitments of players from California and Texas, and three from Florida. He also has one commit from Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.

None of which means anything if the kids can’t play. But getting dug in right away in those areas has to be considered a good sign for the Rhoads regime.

If he can extend his reach to Mars, all the better.


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