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ISU football adds 5 new players

logo_iowa_state_cyclonesAMES, IOWA – Iowa State head football coach Matt Campbell announced today that five players have signed letters of intent to begin school at second semester (Spring 2016).

Oge Odeogu

Clifford Fernandez

Karson Green

D’Andre Payne

Thadd Daniels

Oge Odeogu
Offensive Line
6-4, 310, Jr.
Imo, Nigeria (Saint Viator [Arlington Heights, Ill.]/City College of San Francisco)

City College of San Francisco
Pronounced OH-gay oo-DAH-goo … Chose Iowa State over Houston, Louisville and others … three-star recruit by Scout, Rivals and 247Sports … ranked No. 79 on Scout’s top-100 JC prospects … listed as the 17th-best junior college offensive tackle by 247Sports … ranked No. 137 overall among junior college players by 247Sports … two-year starter on a team which won back-to-back conference and Northern California championships … team won the 2015 California state championship with a 26-14 win against Saddleback … team finished with a 12-1 record … team ranked 8th in the state in scoring (35.4) and 11th in total offense (457.1) … coached by Jimmy Collins.

High School
Born in Chicago, but grew up in Imo, Nigeria … moved back to Chicago area where he played two seasons at Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Ill. … coached by Brandon New and Chris Kirkpatrick.

Born Nov. 27, 1994 … son of Raphael and Mary Udeogu … undecided on a major.

Campbell on Odeogu:
“Oge is a big, strong, powerful offensive lineman. He grew up playing soccer, but now obviously 300 pounds later, he’s a big, powerful, strong, young man. This is a huge get for us. He’s a young man that I think will be an automatic challenger for a starting spot on the offensive line. His team won the national championship this year in junior college football. He knows how to win and certainly a young man that brings some interesting tangibles. He’s really strong, very powerful, and I think a man that has high-end ability and can certainly play at this level.”

Clifford Fernandez
Tight End
6-5, 260, Jr.
Sandy Hook, Miss. (Dexter/Southwest Mississippi CC)

Southwest Mississippi CC
Chose Iowa State over USF and others … three-star recruit by 247Sports … listed as the 12th-best junior college tight end by 247Sports … switched to tight end for his sophomore season … had 20 catches for 188 yards … competed on the basketball team in 2014-15, playing 21 games … averaged 2.7 points and 2.3 rebounds … coached by Tucker Peavey.

High School
Three-time all-district selection at QB … three-time team MVP … twice passed for over 2,300 yards in a season … as a junior, led the conference in passing TDs with 21 … was conference MVP in basketball as one of the top rebounders in the state … coached by Randy Sumrall.

Born March 11, 1995 … son of Margaret Fernandez and grandson of Julia Gould … intends on majoring in communications.

Campbell on Fernandez:
“Clifford is a young man who had taken his visit to Iowa State before we had gotten here but, even when we were at Toledo, we had known about. He came highly recruited right at the end of this recruiting process, but his loyalty to Iowa State stood firm. He was blown away by the Iowa State community, and certainly really blown away with the academic setup we have, which was really the final selling point. He is 6’ 5”, 260 pounds and a guy that’s got a really good upside at the tight end position. He has a great passion for the game of football. He also played basketball a year ago, so I think you will see a lot of athletic ability in him. We can’t wait to get him into our strength and conditioning program, and we are really excited to see what he is able to bring to the table. He is very intelligent and a very physical football player, and I think once he gets here, we will see his ability right away.”

Karson Green
Offensive Line
6-5, 295, Jr.
Madill, Okla. (Madill/Northeastern Oklahoma A&M)

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M
Chose Iowa State over Middle Tennessee State, New Mexico, Houston and East Carolina … two-year starter… earned honorable mention All-SWJCFC honors in 2015… coached by Ryan Held.

High School
Four-year starter on the offensive line … two-time all-district selection … team won the 2012 Class 3A-4 District title with an 11-1 record … team advanced to the playoffs in three of his four seasons … also lettered in power lifting, baseball and basketball … coached by Milton Cooper.

Born March 14, 1996 … son of Keith Green and Kasie King… intends on majoring in kinesiology … cousin, Kyle Nelson, is a tight end for the San Francisco 49ers … member of the National Honor Society.

Campbell on Green:
“Karson was a qualifier out of high school. He grew up in small-town Oklahoma and is a young man who loves football. He has really reshaped his body. He was almost 345 pounds and now he’s down to 290 pounds. He was really sought after here the last six days. He comes from a great family and has the attributes we are looking for on the offensive line: attitude, effort, toughness. He can play both tackle spots and also has the athletic ability to play center as well. We are excited that he said yes to us, and he’s a guy who plays with a chip on his shoulder. He was looking for an opportunity to come in and compete right away. It will be a huge six months for him as he continues to develop his body and strength, but he has already done a great job with that.”

D’Andre Payne
Defensive Back
5-10, 190, RSo.
Washington, D.C. (HD Woodson/Arizona Western CC)

Arizona Western CC
Played his freshman season at Tennessee (2014) before transferring to Arizona Western CC (2015) where he sat out as a redshirt … played in eight games, totaling four tackles in his freshman season with the Vols.

High School
Four-star recruit by Rivals, Scout, ESPN and 247Sports … picked Tennessee over offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Georgia, Florida State, Stanford, Auburn and Clemson … member of the ESPN 300 … rated as the 18th-best cornerback by 247Sports, No. 19 by Rivals, No. 21 by ESPN and No. 22 by Scout … the unanimous No. 2 prospect out of the District of Columbia … named the 2013 Gatorade Player of the Year in Washington D.C. … first team All-Met by the Washington Post in 2012 and 2013 …two-time first-team all-conference selection … as a senior, played on both sides of the ball while accounting for 11 touchdowns … made 70 tackles and picked off four passes … also ran for 356 yards and caught 16 passes for 396 yards … named MVP of the Turkey Bowl with a 60-yard TD catch … also set up TDs with an interception and a long punt return … named MVP of the DCSAA state championship game with a TD … as a junior, scored a TD on offense, defense and special teams, including four punt returns for TDs … had four interceptions … coached by Steven Scott.

Born May 17, 1996 … son of Walter Payne and Ashia Dohawk … as a 10-year old in 2006, won a gold medal in the 200-meter at the U.S. Track and Field Junior Olympics … intends on majoring in kinesiology.

Campbell on Payne:
“What I love about D’Andre is his competiveness. I think what you’re going to see from this young man is a high-end competitor and a guy that has tremendous coverage skills who can cover both in the slot and can go outside. He has great length even though his height may not show it. He has a long wingspan and his cover ability is elite. He’s a guy that brings true competitiveness and knows how to win. He’s a young man that I’m really excited about. He brings toughness and depth to our secondary, and has the skills to match up with receivers all over the field.”

Thadd Daniels
Defensive Back
6-2, 200, RJr.
Compton, Calif. (Lynwood/Cerritos CC)

Cerritos CC
Chose Iowa State over Brigham Young, Utah State, Purdue, Illinois and Utah … three-star recruit by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports … ranked as the No. 5 junior college safety and 87th nationally by 247Sports … as a sophomore in 2015, posted 29 tackles, two TFL and one interception … led the team with eight pass breakups … team finished 8-3 and won the National Division Northern Conference title … redshirted in 2014 after suffering an injury … as a freshman in 2013, tallied 26 tackles, eight pass breakups and an interception … coached by Frank Mazzotta.

High School
Competed in football, basketball and track and field … as a senior, caught 35 passes for 599 yards and nine touchdowns … also rushed for 93 yards and two TDs … played in the 605 All-Star Football Classic.

Born Nov. 4, 1995 … son of Angela Martindale … undecided on a major.

Campbell on Daniels:
“If you would have been there when he called and said yes to our recruiting room, you would have seen the recruiting room shake. That’s how excited we were. Thadd is a young man that embodies what you look for in terms of secondary play. He gives us some versatility. He can play safety and corner, and is a really strong, physical football player. He’s a guy that can play multiple positions and is very mature beyond his years. His father passed away two years ago and has taking over many family responsibilities. He has kind of been a father figure to his mother and his brothers and sisters. He’s just a young guy that has a passion to be elite. I’d say that in the secondary it’s a lot like recruiting a quarterback today in the game of football. Those guys have to be special. They have to be communicators, they have to do a great job getting guys lined up and also have a passion for themselves, and Thadd has that.”

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