If Emmanuel Rugamba was disappointed to leave Ames without an offer Saturday, the three-star 2016 receiver didn't show it.
"Personally, I loved everything about it," Rugamba told AllCyclones.com. "The facilities were great, the coaching staff was awesome, the whole school — I liked the way it was put together. When you stepped on the campus, you felt it was really family-oriented, which I thought was nice."
An explosive wide receiver who emerged as a sophomore on Naperville Central's state-winning team last fall in Illinois, Rugamba has an offer from Illinois and continues to pick up interest from Power Five conferences. This summer alone Rugamba's been to camps at Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern and others.
The Cyclones have offered three 2016 players, all linemen. They're still evaluating the 6-foot Rugamba, a teammate of 2015 commit Bobby McMillen.
If Iowa State does jump in with an offer, the connection to McMillen and fellow Chicagoan Jauan Wesley could help sway Rugamba.
"It'd be easier settling into the school," Rugamba said. "The relationship with those guys would definitely be a factor."
Rugamba says he'll be back in Ames this fall to check out a football game, having been so impressed with the facilities.
"I'd say my favorite part was getting the tour with 'G' (Gerrit Chernoff, Director of Player Personnel)," Rugamba said. "He really led the tour well and it was fun talking to him. Everything went smoothly."
With the 2014 season on the horizon, Rugamba turns his attention to Naperville, knowing full well another successful campaign will also help him on the recruiting circuit.
"The exposure started for me with the state championship we had," he said. "To be able to lead the team — I've got a bigger role this year — to another state championship, I think it would catch the eyes of a lot of coaches. We need to be as successful as possible."