June 4, 2008

Carpenter remains loyal to Iowa State

Iowa State signed offensive lineman James Carpenter out of high school in 2007, knowing that there was a good chance he would go the JUCO route. He did, enrolling at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas. Carpenter will be coming out of Coffeyville as a 2009 prospect and the Cyclones remain on the inside track to sign him this time around as well.

The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Carpenter, a native of Hephizbah, Georgia, has remained in regular contact with the ISU coaching staff over a two-year period and is just an official visit away from re-committing to the Cyclones.

"I'm not committed right now, I'm going to take my visit and make a decision after that." Carpenter said. "I am going up there on my bye week, not sure of the date, but it's when they play Nebraska. I didn't visit a couple of years ago when they signed me so I've never been there. I just want to see if I am comfortable there. They've been loyal to me the whole time, that's a big part of what my decision will be based on."

It's not that Iowa State will be without competition for Carpenter. Ole Miss has also offered him a scholarship and he said programs such as South Carolina, Florida, Oklahoma and Tennessee have talked to him and shown interest.

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