Quiet National Signing Day for Iowa, Iowa State Football

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Little-used fax machines came to life in college football facilities on Wednesday, as next season’s incoming freshmen sent in their signed letters of intent on National Signing Day.  While the long-awaited day produced some excitement as the nation’s top recruits made their college decisions, it was a Wednesday of quiet accomplishment for both Iowa and Iowa State, as neither school expected any last-minute surprises.

At least online, the approach to National Signing Day couldn’t have been much more different between the two schools. Iowa State labeled the day “National CYning Day,” making it the top story and a major website feature on cyclones.com. Conversely, casual visitors to hawkeyesports.com Wednesday morning might have had trouble at first finding a link to signing day coverage, although a more prominent link appeared shortly before noon.

Both of the state’s top football programs can claim an in-state recruit as the gem of the recruiting class. For the Hawkeyes, 4-star athlete Jay Scheel is coming to Iowa City from Union Community High School in La Porte City. For the Cyclones, long-hyped 4-star wide receiver Allen Lazard signed his letter of intent early Wednesday morning, ending over a year of speculation that such a highly-regarded recruit might not really choose Iowa State in the end.

Counting some junior-college transfers that signed their letters of intent back in December, both schools are adding healthy-sized recruiting classes to their rosters.  Iowa’s 2014 class is expected to check in at 21 players, while Iowa State is bringing in a full allotment of 25.