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Iowa State football signs 21 players

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Junior college transfer Cliff Stokes brings a quality that Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads sees as essential in recruiting defensive backs.

At 6-feet and 180 pounds, Stokes has the size to take on the tall receivers the Cyclones face in the Big 12 Conference. Rhoads says height was the key element he sought in the five defensive backs who are among 21 recruits who signed with Iowa State on Wednesday.

Four of the five new DBs are at least 6 feet tall, while the other is 5-10. Iowa State also signed five defensive linemen and place-kicker Cole Netten, who'll compete for that job immediately.

Iowa State's class is generally ranked near the bottom of the Big 12, but Rhoads says he doesn't care. He says the players who signed are good fits.

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