Monticello (Fla.) Jefferson County all-purpose back Devondrick Nealy had taken official visits to Iowa State and Michigan. The battle between the Cyclones and Wolverines for his commitment was heated, but the recent dismissal of Rich Rodriguez in Ann Arbor combined with the continued efforts of the Cyclones' Paul Rhoads and staff allowed him to reach a decision.
"It was really a pretty tight battle," Nealy said. "Iowa State just came in at the last minute and took me out of the picture. They made me feel good about picking them with everything they are about. I just wanted to be a Cyclone."
Once the 5-foot-10, 175-pound back had decided, he informed the staff.
"I committed last night," Nealy said. "Ever since Iowa State started recruiting me I have always felt good about them. I felt like that is the best place for me and the place that I need to go."
A recent in-home visit from a pair of staff members also allowed Nealy to feel as though he made an informed decision about where he will spend the next few years.
"Coach Tom Herman and Coach Shane Burnham did an in-home visit with me," Nealy said. "They just talked about how I fit into their offense and how I am going to be used."
The three-star talked a bit about where he fits into their offense and their team as a whole.
"I will play running back there and also be a return guy and play some receiver," Nealy said. "I think they will get me the ball in space and I can make something happen with it."
While Nealy had interest from other including Alabama and Arkansas, he says that his decision is the final chapter to his recruitment.
"I am done," Nealy said.
As a senior, Nealy rushed for over 2,700 yards and scored nearly 38 touchdowns.