This is another obsession with Iowa State fans that I have never gotten.
I know that Mac, when he was trying to build the program until the end, always erred on the side of Iowa kids.
The problem was that most years, he was beating UNI for the kids that he signed. I know there are exceptions, but RARELY did he take a kid that Hayden, or now Kirk, truly wanted.
Now before somebody comes on here defending this with a list of 8-10 guys, all you need to remember is Alonzo Cunningham.
He was an OL from Iowa City, and Hayden didn't recruit him at all. Mac got a verbal from him, and said the wrong thing to the press boasting about taking a kid from Iowa City. Either Hayden was mad, or somebody fell through at the last minute. He spent a half an hour with Cunningham right before signing day, and he switched his commitment on the spot.
Part of the genius that was Hayden, and why he POUNDED us every chance he got, was because he wanted to let all of the high school players in Iowa know that he had the best program.