Stephon Brown Sold After ISU Visit

Stephon Brown had a good feeling about Iowa State when he set off for his official visit, and he was sold by the time he left Ames two days later

When Stephon Brown set off for Ames from Kissimmee, Fla., on Friday to make his official visit, he had an inkling that Iowa State might be the best fit.

What Brown saw upon his arrival only cemented that feeling. Before the 5-foot-10, 167-pound two-star cornerback out of Osceola High School left breakfast with coach Paul Rhoads on Sunday morning to catch a flight home, he had already become the Cyclones’ 11th commit in the 2015 Class.

“[The visit] just made my commitment to them even stronger,” Brown told “I saw all of the fans tailgating and campus and I immediately knew I was going to commit. I just fell in love with it the second I saw it.”

Brown, the first cornerback for Iowa State in this class, had made visits to Marshall and Western Michigan earlier in September and was initially expecting to make his official visit to Iowa State in November. The senior moved that date up, though, and his recruitment has now come to a close.

“I just wanted to focus on school and get ready for graduation and just focus on my team now and not have to worry about recruiting and stuff like that,” Brown said. “My recruiting is completely over now. No more visits, no more games. I’m 100 percent Iowa State.”

Brown is a cornerback with above-average speed (4.38 40-yard-dash) and had offers from Marshall, Western Michigan, North Carolina State, Southern Mississippi and South Florida among others before committing.

The top attribute in Brown’s game may be the cornerback’s physical ability against receivers. That is one of the things he said Iowa State coaches noticed.

“They told me they like the type of person I am, because they called my teachers and they asked about me and they got a lot of good things,” Brown said. “They like my physical ability and how physical I am and I’m a good person on and off the field.”

Brown was initially impressed with what he had heard about Rhoads’ motivational ways with players and offensive line coach Brandon Blaney, the lead recruiter on Brown, made an instant connection.

An important part of the equation, though, was former Iowa State cornerback Jansen Watson, who graduated last year and recently went to training camp with the Oakland Raiders. Watson also attended Osceola High School.

“He just told me being at Iowa State you’re going to get the best coaching,” Brown said. “Everybody is friendly [and] you’re going to get taken care of. From what I’ve seen from him — the player he became and going to the NFL and getting a tryout with the Raiders — he just said work hard, stay focused and you’ll be successful.”

Brown’s focus will shift to his final high school season and improving in various areas of his game — backpedaling, footwork and becoming stronger — but Iowa State now has a cornerback in the 2015 Class.

“When I committed he was really excited,” Brown said of Rhoads. “He said he was happy to get a player of my caliber and he would love for me to be part of the team and he can’t wait for me to get on campus.”

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