October 20, 2008

Carpenter talks about his ISU visit

He's the peach of the 2009 recruiting class for Iowa State, as much as a junior college player can be. Georgia native and offensive lineman James Carpenter made his first visit to ISU over the weekend on an official trip and got his initial up-close look at the school he signed with two years ago and one of several that want to sign him in '09.

The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Carpenter - originally from Hephzibah, Ga., and now in his second year at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas - is rated as a four-star offensive tackle prospect by Rivals.com, the no. 32 junior college player in the nation, in fact. He wouldn't be a lock to start for the Cyclones next year if he signs with Iowa State, but he'd be right in the thick of things and he knows it.

"They are losing one of their tackles who is a senior, and he was a JUCO guy," Carpenter said about Iowa State while looking back at his visit. "So I think I can really help the team. I feel good that I could be one of their tackles."

Iowa State was alone in offering Carpenter two years ago but that's not the case this time. He's collected several offers and has three more official visits set up.

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