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Joel Lanning is ISU's first in-state pledge

8/13/2012

Iowa State picked up its 14th commitment of the 2013 recruiting class on Sunday. Coincidentally, the Cyclones picked up their first in-state commitment.

Quarterback Joel Lanning (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) gave Iowa State his verbal pledge Sunday evening, choosing the Cyclones over an offer from Nebraska. He threw for 1,723 yards -- which ranks second on the school’s all-time passing list -- and 18 touchdowns, leading Ankeny to an 11-2 record -- the 11 wins being a school record -- and a trip to the Iowa Class 4A state semifinals. Additionally, he only threw three interceptions.

“I’m really excited. I feel like there’s a huge weight off my chest,” Lanning said via text. “I feel like I can just play my high school sports now without any stress.”

Lanning, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound quarterback, served as a dual-threat option for Ankeny, rushing for 636 yards and five touchdowns his junior season. He is the second quarterback of the class, joining three-star athlete Trevor Hodge (Perris, Calif./Citrus Hill).

Lanning will attend Iowa State for football, but he could have been an option for the school's club baseball team, as well. He was a standout catcher and outfielder for an Ankeny team that finished 43-2 and claimed the 4A state championship. Ankeny will enter next season riding a school-record 28-game winning streak.

The commitment had its own icing on the cake, as Lanning was proud of being the school’s first in-state pledge.

“I don’t even know what think,” he said. “It’s crazy, and I’m excited.”