Saturday, May 11, 2013
2014 LB Seonbuchner commits to Iowa St.
By Sam Khan Jr.
After seeing Iowa State the first time, Hartland (Wis.) Arrowhead outside linebacker Sam Seonbuchner knew he wanted to make a return trip.
When he did, he decided he had seen enough.
Seonbuchner committed to the Cyclones on Saturday while on his second visit to the campus this spring, giving Iowa State its fourth commitment of the 2014 class.
"I visited back in March for spring practice and visited the school and came away very impressed with everything," Seonbuchner said. "I wanted to go back, which [I did] today. I was even more impressed [with] the facilities, the coaches, academics, everything they have to offer. I knew I was ready to make a decision, and I committed."
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound prospect also held offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, North Dakota State and Ohio. He also held interest from Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Penn State and Wisconsin. Seonbuchner was recruited by Iowa State defensive graduate assistant Derek Day.
"I love Coach Day," Seonbuchner said. "Ever since he started recruiting me, he has recruited me the hardest and the best. He's young, he's 25, so he's easy to get along with. He's funny and easy to talk to."
Seonbuchner should fit in seamlessly when he arrives in Ames, Iowa. At Arrowhead, Seonbuchner lines up at the weakside linebacker, and that's the position the Cyclones recruited him for. Iowa State will look for him to be versatile with an ability to cover receivers and stop the run.
Academics was a priority for Seonbuchner in the recruiting process, and what the Cyclones have accomplished recently with their football players stood out to him, particularly on his trip Saturday.
"I got to see the academics this time and the academic advisor impressed me even more," he said. "The stuff they're doing academically, they have everything so organized. They make sure that you're going to class and getting everything done on time. They're really going to push me to be the best I can be.
"I want to be able to get a degree and graduate from college and they're graduating all their seniors this year, which is very impressive. I don't think any other college in the nation did that. Plus the coaching staff and how I bonded with them was very good and their facilities and everything they had to offer was top notch."