There are 21 natives of Texas on the 2010 Iowa State football roster and there could be more in the future.“It (playing in the state of Texas) is a key role in recruiting those kids and it will be even stronger in the future,” Iowa State Coach Paul Rhoads said Monday. Future Big 12 football schedules guarantee the Cyclones will visit the Lone Star state at least twice annually. On alternating years, Iowa State will travel to either Texas Tech and Baylor or Texas and Texas A&M. Rhoads said trips back home make recruiting players from this talent-rich region much easier as student-athletes enjoy playing in from of friends and families. The guarantee of two Texas trips annually in future years will be part of the Cyclones’ recruiting pitch. Among the Cyclones likely to return to Texas this weekend for the game against the Longhorns are: Alex Alvarez (League City), Ter’Ran Benton (Arlington), Jerrod Black (Houston), Keith Blanton (Garland), Darius Darks (Austin), Sedrick Johnson (Troup), Aaron Moore (Frisco), Matt Morton (Henderson), Kelechi Osemele (Houston), Jeremy Reeves (Allen), Jerome Tiller (San Antonio) and James White (Dallas). A couple of redshirted players may be added to the travel roster. Darks, especially, is excited to be returning to his hometown this week.
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