Destin McCauley is now destined to be a Cyclone, not a Badger.
One year ago, the then-top high school wrestler made a verbal commitment to enroll at the University of Wisconsin in fall 2012 after planning to spend this season at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Now, he has made a verbal commitment to wrestle at Iowa State, according to media reports late this week.
Wrestling writer Andy Hamilton of the Des Moines Register reported Wednesday night that McCauley had verballed to the Ames, Iowa-based school.
In October 2010, McCauley, a five-time Minnesota high school state champ, said that Wisconsin was the most supportive of his dream of wrestling freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics. However, his plans changed when Badger assistant coaches Donny Pritzlaff and Jared Frayer left Wisconsin for University of Michigan and University of Oklahoma, respectively.
Last fall, McCauley had considered Wisconsin, University of Iowa, and Ohio State. According to the Register article, this time, the former Apple Valley High School phenom contemplated going to University of Nebraska or following Pritzlaff to Michigan before choosing Iowa State.
McCauley told the Register's Hamilton that Iowa State head wrestling coach Kevin Jackson was a major factor in going with the Cyclones.
“Coach Jackson is the man,” McCauley said. “Everyone I talked to, they had nothing but good words to say about him. He’s trained some of the best wrestlers out there and made them accomplish their goals and that’s something I think he can do for me.”
In an audio interview conducted Thursday with Scott Casber for Takedown Wrestling, McCauley said that he never enrolled nor registered at Wisconsin, nor signed a letter of intent. He also said he plans to enroll at Iowa State in fall 2012.