This is a weekly scatter-shooting of Iowa State program and recruiting information, exclusive to subscribers of AllCyclones.com.
- Iowa State's Todd Sturdy will see Arizona Western tight end Raymond Epps tomorrow, per sources. Epps committed to Arizona State earlier in the month, but the Cyclones have a few carrots to dangle. They'll point to E.J. Bibbs, an Arizona Western alumnus, and tell the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Epps he'll have a similar impact. Also, Epps played his high school ball at Thornton Township in Illinois — same as 2014 signee Jauan Wesley — and is familiar with the Midwest. We'll reach out to Epps for comment after the bump.
- Mississippi Gulf Coast defensive tackle Maurice Swain was paid a visit last week by Iowa State coach Shane Burnham. Kansas State and Kentucky dropped by Wednesday to see the 6-foot-6, 290-pounder who signed with Indiana out of high school in Georgia (2013 class).
"I can be a three-tech, I can be a nose guard," Swain says. "I'm strong at holding the point. I'm used to playing three-tech, have been playing it since high school. I know how to play it and hold the gap."
Swain's immediate goals are a national championship with MGC and "get all the All-American honors I can" and will be looking for a good education and early playing time wherever he signs after the season.
- Three-star wide receiver Kalif Jackson of Fletcher High in Neptune Beach, Florida, saw Cyclones secondary coach Maurice Linguist on Tuesday at his school, he says. Jackson is 6-foot-4 and has offers from Cal, Duke, FAU, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Marshall, Maryland, Mizzou, Purdue, Rutgers, UCF and Wake Forest.
Jackson believes an Iowa State offer will be coming sometime this spring or after the evaluation period. He's close friends with Nigel Tribune.
- A story will likely be coming soon, but Scout's Derek Young tells me the Cyclones are very interested in speedy JUCO wideout Dominique Reed (Coffeyville, Kansas), as is Florida State.
Here's Young on Reed's game, from an earlier practice dispatch:
"The scoreboard changer of the squad will be redshirt sophomore Dominique Reed. He has the height to go up the ladder and make a play on the ball at 6-foot-4, but his greatest asset will be his top-flight speed. Reed is easily one of the fastest players at the entire junior college level and his teammates knew that it was over once he got behind the defense during practice. Speed will only get him so far as Reed will need to add bulk and strength to his upper body to defeat the physicality and jams of bigger corners."
- Luke Juriga visited Iowa State recently — along with Iowa, Illinois, Northwestern, NIU, Missouri State and Drake — and was impressed.
"I thought it was awesome," he said. "The facilities were really nice."
The son of former Illini and Denver Broncos lineman Jim Juriga, Luke is a 6-foot-3 1/2, 270-pound offensive lineman from Marmion Academy in Aurora, Illinois, and a member of the 2015 class.
Juriga hopes to be at Iowa State's camp in June and looks forward to meeting more of the coaching staff.
"The time I was able to come was when most of the coaches were out recruiting," he said. "[Brandon Blaney] was trying to make it back but couldn't, but I still talked to him about my visit on the phone after I left."
- Class of 2015 offensive guard Abdul Beecham of Converse Judson High near San Antonio expects Tommy Mangino to stop by soon, probably next week.
- Flynn Nagel, the crafty three-star wideout from Lemont High School in Illinois, is visiting Illinois this weekend. The No. 41 receiver in the 2015 class, Nagel has heard the rumblings that he could commit to the Illini this weekend, but shot that down notion yesterday.
"Yeah, people think I am going to but it's not happening," he said.
Nagel spoke to Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads on the phone Wednesday.
"Just talked, it was great," he said. "Really like him a lot."
Louis Ayeni was by Lemont High on Tuesday to see Nagel.
"Had an awesome talk," Nagel says.
- Got some gold from 2015 d-lineman David Pfaff (Mequon Homestead in Wisconsin), who Iowa State offered in early March, so I'm just going to post the full transcript. For the skimmers: the Cyclones are in the top four of the schools who have offered, Pfaff was impressed with Burnham when he saw him Wednesday and has a great relationship with Mitch Moore and is hoping for offers from Wisconsin and Michigan State, his two dream schools.
AllCyclones.com: So, who's come by the last few weeks?
Pfaff: "It has been a busy time here at Homestead. Let's see … eight schools. The big ones coming next week are Wisconsin and Michigan State, which are my top two. I'll be very excited [to see them]."
AC: Have you visited East Lansing this spring?
Pfaff: "Yes, well not this spring but the winter."
AC: And Wisconsin hasn't offered yet, correct?
Pfaff: "No, not yet."
AC: Do you think you're close on them or Michigan State?
Pfaff: "It's kind of hard to tell right now. I think if I go to Wisconsin's camp they'll offer me for sure, and same with Michigan State, but right now I don't know. They could come next week and give me an offer. They're pretty hard to [read] at this point."
AC: Your recruiting has blown up. We talked like the day after Signing Day in February and since then you've gotten a ton of offers (Iowa State, NDSU, NIU, SDSU, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Western Michigan) and have visited about every school in the Midwest. Were you surprised at how slow it was until that point?
Pfaff: "Yeah, I'm really surprised — just because of the fact I saw all these kids last year get big offers early on. Like Wisconsin. For me to have the same interest in those schools or other schools and not get offered, it was a little different. I wasn't nervous at all. I knew I'd get tons. And there are tons more to come. I just need to contact those schools and figure it out."
AC: When I first spoke to you, because you didn't have any offers, I thought you might be a guy who'd commit by the evaluation period or the end of camp. But now you're thinking after the season?
Pfaff: "Yeah, probably. I mean, looking at all this. Take Wisconsin for example: If they were to offer me, I know they're looking for guys to commit right on the spot, that's what I've heard. If they were to offer me, I don't know what I'd do, but I know for other schools I love to build relationship and it'd be hard for me to commit right away (to Wisconsin). I don't have the relationship with them that I would like. So it's just a little difficult."
AC: Which school do you have the best relationship with?
Pfaff: "Probably Northern Illinois. I've been there 10 times and I love it."
AC: How are you and Iowa State right now?
Pfaff: "Oh, we're great. They came over yesterday. I loved Shane Burnham and coach Mitchell Moore — they're great guys. The head coach, too. They're very excited about me and I'm very excited about them. I hope I can play early there, which would be cool, if I ended up going there."
AC: Do you have a top five or something like it?
Pfaff: "Iowa State is in the running. I've got a top four, and this is not in any specific order and just off the top of my head: Northern Illinois, Iowa State, Wake Forest and Syracuse."
AC: Tell me about Wake and Syracuse. Are you intrigued because they're far away?
Pfaff: "That's the thing. Coming into recruiting, I thought I'd get offers outside of the Midwest. But then when recruiting started to happen, I thought I wouldn't. But then, when they offered, it was a surprise and now I know I can go out there. That's a pull factor.
"I'd like to stay at home, somewhat, you know? But at the same time I kind of would like to go out and see the rest of the world. I'm pretty adventurous. And Wake Forest, they've got better weather than Wisconsin."
AC: Yeah, that's one of the fun parts about choosing a school, imagining yourself in different — and random — environments.
Pfaff: "That's the idea. I want to get those bigger schools out there and take those official visits. I can go to Michigan State any time I want. Even as far as Nebraska, I could drive there."
- Bay Port 2015 athlete Alec Ingold, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, would love the chance to play quarterback in an AQ-conference school. However, his top priority is, well, playing at an AQ-conference school — no matter the position.
"I want a well-known school first," he said.
Iowa State has been on Ingold for a while and sent Shane Burnham to see him on Wednesday. Ingold had a workout scheduled and Burnham watched as the 6-foot-2 Ingold threw 30 passes, mostly deep outs and comebacks to the opposite side of the field, completing 29.
"I think I did good," he said. "It wasn't the best I've ever done but there was one incomplete pass that hit the ground — we use stationary targets. You don't really want to have that, obviously."
The Cyclones may well end up offering Ingold as a safety ("I'm not afraid to stick my nose into things," the former wrestler says) but will keep looking at him as a signal-caller.
"Iowa State is definitely giving me a shot at quarterback," Ingold said. "Shane said he liked how I threw the ball today and I'll come by camp and see how much Mangino likes it. It won't hurt to run well, either."
Ingold was impressed by Burnham's easy conversational flow and zeal for recruiting, which he noticed as a shared trait among the ISU staff on a visit to Ames in late March.
"I thought he was a genuine guy," Ingold said. "All the guys at Iowa State are like that. "They seem to really enjoy the recruiting process."
Northern Illinois and North Dakota State University have offered Ingold as a quarterback. A decision could come in July or August, after he camps and sees who offers what.
- Tommy Mangino stopped by Spring High School in Houston earlier in the week — the school that produced Darius Lee-Campbell. The Lions have two FBS-quality defensive players in end Lonzell Gilmore and safety Willie Sykes, who'll play cornerback in college. Sykes has been offered by Utah and Southern Miss.
"I came down into the coaches' office and [Mangino] was there," Sykes said Wednesday night. "He gave me his card and told me they were interested and they'd be back again at the end of spring to do another evaluation."
There'll be a story on Sykes tomorrow, so I'll save some quotes, but Iowa State has great connections with Lee-Campbell as well as 2014 signees Brian Peavy and Martinez Syria.
"Me and Darius are really close and he's always told me Iowa State has a good campus," Sykes said. "I'm also friends with Martinez and Brian Peavy. They all say good things about Iowa State."
- Jersey Village (Houston) safety/nickelback Jordon Williams, who was offered by Iowa State in early April, practiced in front of Tommy Mangino on Wednesday.
"He said I looked good out there and that he'll definitely keep in contact," Williams said.
Williams has offers from ISU, Rice and Utah.
- Louis Ayeni saw three Bolingbrook HS (Illinois) defenders this week — Micah Dew-Treadway, Jacob Huff and Julian Huff. I'd guess all three eventually get Cyclones offers. Dew-Treadway is a three-star defensive end who's growing into a tackle. Jacob is a safety and Julian an outside linebacker.
- From Derek Young: Olathe (KS) North prospect Josh Moore up last week's sensational collection of offers from Iowa State, Minnesota, Florida State and Auburn by being offered by Ohio State this week. He'll check the Buckeyes out at the beginning of June.
- Iowa State will have Oregon State transfer Hallice Cooke and Boston College transfer Ryan Anderson in for official visits this weekend. Cooke has three years to play, scoring 8.2 points per game as a freshman at OSU while drilling 45.6 percent of his three-pointers. He's tight with Dustin Hogue.
Anderson has one year of eligibility remaining but is expected to miss the 2014-15 season after undergoing shoulder surgery and will play in 2015-16. Anderson scored 14.3 points and grabbed 7.3 rebounds per game this season for the Eagles. He's a native of Lakewood, California.
- Was told earlier in the week the Cyclones would give chase to Sun Prairie (Wisconsin) guard Nick Noskowiak if Cooke doesn't commit. There would still be room for Noskowiak on scholarship in 2015-16, but the Cyclones are not likely to bring in so many young backcourt types who expect to play right away.