Five known Iowa State offers ones went out to 2015 prospects before National Signing Day in early February. Bobby McMillen, of Naperville (IL) committed in March, but only Seth Nerness remains on the board, as Christian Gaylord and A.J. Harris pledged elsewhere and Hale Hentges developed into a prospect coveted by the Alabamas and Michigans of the world.
In the immediate wake of NSD, Iowa State turned its focus to Illinois, offering Lemont and Lincolnshire receivers Flynn Nagel and Cameron Green on Feb. 19 and Jacksonville (IL) offensive tackle Gabe Megginson a day later. Megginson committed to Illinois last week.
Update: Iowa State offered two Illinois products on Monday. Follow the link at the bottom of the page for more information.
Illinois in 2014 gave the Cyclones slot wideout Jauan Wesley. Chicago-area running back Tommy Mister was committed until Christmastime. The 2015 class is stocked with plenty of talent, coinciding nicely with the Cyclones' mission to make more of a dent in the Midwest.
"Last year was one of the best years in Illinois recently," Scout Midwest Analyst Allen Trieu says. "I wouldn't say this class is as top heavy. There are less top 50-100 national type kids. It is deep and a good group even without maybe the star power of some guys like Laquon Treadwell and Clifton Garrett in recent classes."
Which brings us to Trieu's Monday nugget on 16 Illinois players the Cyclones saw last week. The no-brainers, like Nagel, are in there, as are a handful of surprises: A four-star tight end, a recent Chicago NFTC MVP and many highly-regarded cornerbacks and safeties.