College Football Recruiting: Iowa State Cyclones Compete for Legacy Recruit

By Tyler Brett
Beth Hall – USA TODAY Sports

The Iowa State Cyclones rarely get the upper hand when it comes to college football recruiting with the top recruits. So when ESPN Watch List wide receiver Allen Lazard verbally commits to the program, they’re going to be sure to do everything in their power to keep him. But with the Stanford Cardinal making a push for the receiver, can the Cyclones hold on to him?

Lazard is considered by many as one of the most talented receivers in the 2014 recruiting class and seems pretty steadfast in his decision to head to Iowa State. His dad was a standout for the Cyclones, so the young Urbandale, Iowa, native is looking to continue the family tradition by paving his own legacy with the Cyclones.

That isn’t to say he isn’t keeping himself open to whatever else is out there. When the Cardinal offered the receiver, he admitted that it piqued his interest. Lazard said he would love the opportunity to visit Palo Alto and see what Stanford had to offer him after hearing nothing but great things about the program.

While it will take something “drastic,” according to Lazard, to affect his commitment to Iowa State. For now he is firmly committed to the Cyclones and happy to be headed to Ames. Stanford, however, is “pretty high” on Lazard’s list, so they will make a strong push for the receiver’s services.

Will Iowa State be able to hold off Stanford? If Lazard is looking for an opportunity to compete right away for a conference title or national championship, it will be difficult to turn the Cardinal away. But if Lazard is hoping to follow in his dad’s footsteps and carve out a legacy at his local program, then Iowa State doesn’t have anything to worry about.

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