Iowa State picked up commitment No. 23 for its 2013 recruiting class Sunday morning in versatile junior college athlete Rodney Coe (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Iowa Western Community College).
Coe, a 6-foot-4, 293-pound defensive end and former running back, committed to the Cyclones following an official visit to Ames, Iowa, with his teammate and current Iowa State commit, running back Aaron Wimberly. Originally from Edwardsville, Ill., Coe chose the Cyclones over offers from South Florida and Akron.
“When I look at a college, I’m looking at a good program and good facilities,” Coe said. “For me, I also based my decision on the players and how I was around them. I hung out with the players most of the time, and I felt I’d been hanging out with them for years.
“I also like the coaching staff there. I’ve built a great relationship with them. Everything just felt right.”
Coe was recruited by wide receivers coach Luke Wells. He was hosted on his official visit by sophomore defensive end Cory Morrissey.
Coe committed to Iowa out of high school but failed to qualify academically. He had multiple offers out of high school, including Auburn, Florida, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, USC and Wisconsin. Coe went to Iowa Western, put on roughly 60 pounds and became a defensive contributor for the Reivers, the No. 1 juco team in the country that will play for the NJCAA national championship next Sunday against Butler (Kan.) Community College in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Coe said playing at Iowa State and in the Big 12 will be even more exciting being alongside Wimberly.
“Continuing playing with Aaron is something I’m looking forward to,” he said. “He plays on the offensive side, and I’ll be on the defensive side, but it’s going to be fun watching contribute. The biggest thing is we’ll get to continue that relationship at the next level.”
Coe, in addition to his offers, said he had looks from Oregon, Arizona State and Texas Tech.