After not taking any high school defensive linemen in its 2014 recruiting class, Iowa State is likely to recruit that demographic with zeal in 2015, especially as it'll lose three senior linemen to graduation following the upcoming season.
Mequon (WI) Homestead defensive end David Pfaff has been hearing from the Cyclones recently and hopes to get to Ames soon — if not for Junior Day then for an unofficial visit or camp.
"Iowa State has called me up and would like to get me out there soon," Pfaff said. "They just sent me something for Junior Day."
The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Pfaff gave Wisconsin's Junior Day high marks and was supposed to go to Minnesota's over the weekend but inclement weather forced him to cancel the trip. He might go to Northern Illinois' Junior Day coming up.
Pfaff is from the same area as 2014 ISU signee Colin Downing, north of Milwaukee and on the edge of Lake Michigan. It's at least a five-hour trip to Ames, one way.
"I'd love to go [to Ames for Junior Day]," Pfaff said. "But it's kind of a drive. If I can hit a couple colleges down there it'd be better.
"I might wait and get a couple buddies who are being recruited by schools in the state and go from there."
If Pfaff doesn't get to one of Iowa State's Junior Days — March 8 and 29 — he says he'll make an effort to trek there for an unofficial or a summer camp.
"I'm trying to build that relationship with them," he said. "They said when we know each other and have a face-to-face visit, we'll go from there."
Pfaff reports no offers but is hearing from Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan State, along with FCS North Dakota State.
Said Scout.com Midwest analyst Allen Trieu of Pfaff, who has grown two inches since last summer: "A little undersized, but has a fantastic motor. Will find a way to make plays."