Iowa State coach rips schools for trying to flip commit

Tommy Birch
Iowa State Cyclones head coach Paul Rhoads yells during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks in the third quarter at Jack Trice Stadium.
  • Paul Rhoads mentioned -- without saying the names -- schools that tried to flip Allen Lazard
  • Lazard is considered the crown jewel of Rhoads%27 class
  • Rhoads used words like %22mature%2C%22 %22trustworthy%22 and %22integrity%22 when referring to Lazard

AMES, Iowa -- Hours after grabbing the national letter of intent from one of the most sought-after high school football players in the state, Iowa State football coach Paul Rhoads tossed jabs at a pair of teams that tried steering him away.

The Cyclones coach ripped two unnamed schools that continued recruiting star Urbandale, Iowa, wide receiver Allen Lazard after he verbally committed to Iowa State in December 2012.

Rhoads didn't specifically name either of the schools, but it's pretty easy to read between the lines and determine that the culprits in Rhoads' mind were Notre Dame and Iowa.

"He's (Lazard) not going to a school in Northern Indiana," Rhoads said. "Boy, they wasted a lot of time and money. He's not going to another school in this state who feverishly tried to call him about a half a dozen times in the last week."

According to Rhoads, they weren't the only ones disappointed in Lazard's commitment to Iowa State.

"Much to the dismay of people in this room who wasted a lot of space and time challenging his words of commitment, he's going right here to Iowa State University," Rhoads added.

Lazard is considered the crown jewel of Rhoads' class and has been the subject of constant questions regarding his commitment to Iowa State. Lazard continued to visit Notre Dame after he first committed to Iowa State more than a year ago.

As Rhoads began talking about his recruiting class, the Cyclones football coach waved Lazard's national letter of intent at a room full of media members, coaches, and boosters.

Rhoads used words like "mature," "trustworthy" and "integrity" when referring to Lazard.

"I'm thrilled with Allen Lazard joining this program," Rhoads said.

During his first season in Ames, though, Lazard will be seen — but not heard.

"I'm going to keep him off limits to the media for his freshman year," Rhoads said. "I think he's earned that after what he's been through the last 14 months."

Tommy Birch also writes for the Des Moines Register.