Good-Jones Making Most of Iowa State Visits

Julian Good-Jones, a 2015 offensive lineman commit, has been a familiar face at Iowa State games this season and tells that he is making the most of his visits

Julian Good-Jones has been a familiar face at Iowa State games this season.

The 2015 offensive lineman out of Cedar Rapids Washington, who committed to Iowa State during a camp in Ames back in July, attended the Cyclones’ first two games on unofficial visits and was in the stands as Iowa State took on in-state rival Iowa at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday.

Good-Jones remains in frequent contact with Iowa State coaches and received some pointers from his early-season film that have provided him areas to work on.

“They told me for the first game that I played against Jefferson that I was a little top-heavy [and that] I was trying to go for that kill shot every time, which I was,” Good-Jones told “I talked to them a little bit just about staying low and that’s what I’ve been trying to do since then.”

Good-Jones expects to be at most, if not all, of Iowa State’s final five home games this season. Being one of four Iowa commits — although defensive end commit Seth Nerness transferred to a private school in North Carolina — allows Good-Jones to not only make frequent visits but also to play a role in the recruiting process.

When 2016 offensive lineman Jake Heinrich (Urbandale) — who has an Iowa State offer — made an unofficial visit for the Kansas State game, Good-Jones spent time providing his input. He plans to do the same when others arrive on campus in the coming weeks.

“I know other coaches care, but I feel like at Iowa State the coaches really, really care about the players and I just try to get that across,” Good-Jones said. “It’s one of the main things that drew me toward Iowa State. It’s easy to see the great facilities and stuff, but just to know the coaches have your back is a good thing.”

What Good-Jones tries to get out of his weekend trips to Jack Trice is watching the Iowa State offensive line firsthand. The high school senior said he has been impressed by the way the line has handled adversity and watching redshirt freshman Jake Campos jump in at right tackle has stood out.

“It’s really awesome because coaches can say a lot, they can say, ‘You’re going to play. You’re going to play,’” Good-Jones said. “To actually see a redshirt freshman out on the field, that’s a really awesome thing that, I can’t expect playing time, but can know it’s a possibility if I put in enough work.”

Good-Jones, who also had offers from Kansas State and Oregon State before committing to Iowa State, will likely be a tackle at Iowa State, although the Cyclones haven't specified whether he’ll be a left or right tackle.

While he’ll continue to make unofficial visits to Iowa State, Good-Jones will eventually take his official visit later in the season to spend the entire weekend in Ames rather than just game days. The current plan is to take that official visit when the high school season wraps up.

“I think I might save my official for until after my football season is over so I can take some time and actually stay the night or whatever and it can be a two-day thing or whatever,” Good-Jones said. “I’m definitely going to [take an] unofficial at Toledo so I can lead some of those [recruits].”

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