Iowa State picked up its 14th commitment of the 2013 recruiting class on Sunday. It was their first from inside the state.
Quarterback Joel Lanning (Ankeny, Iowa) 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, Lanning only threw three interceptions.
“I’m really excited. I feel like there’s a huge weight off my chest,” Lanning said via text message. “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 could be an option for Iowa State’s baseball team. He was a standout catcher and outfielder for an Ankeny team that finished 43-2 and won 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 to think,” he said. “It’s crazy, and I’m excited.”