Iowa State will throw on the gold uniforms this weekend and alumni will return to Ames and Jack Trice Stadium. Oh, and the weekend figures to be a pretty big one for recruiting, too.
The Cyclones are expected to have six of their 11 commits in town for the weekend matchup with Toledo. In addition to those players, a number of 2016 offensive linemen from Iowa are expected to make unofficial visits to Ames along with a top 2016 quarterback prospect out of Missouri.
Here’s a look at the recruiting weekend ahead.
HERE COME THE COMMITS
The 2015 Class for Iowa State will, in the end, likely be a small one. The Cyclones already have commitments from 11 players, and it’s possible that number will only grow by a handful more.
Seven of those 11 commits will arrive in Ames for Saturday’s game:
- Bryce Meeker (OL, Cedar Rapids Prairie)
- Julian Good-Jones (OL, Cedar Rapids Washington)
- Devine Ozigbo (RB, Sachse, Texas)
- Anthony Nelson (DE, Waukee)
- Seth Nerness (DE, Huntersville, North Carolina)
- Marcel Spears (LB, Olathe, Kansas)
- Bobby McMillen (LB, Naperville, Illinois)
Ozigbo will arrive for his official visit while the others are all expected to make the trip as unofficial visitors. Nerness, who is from Iowa and transferred to SouthLake Christian Academy for his senior season, has been back in the state for the week, which allowed him to make the trip to Ames.
DeLira had hopes to make the trip, but travel plans didn’t quite work, and the same goes for Johnson, who could potentially make the trip for the Nov. 22 game against Texas Tech, instead. Brown was in Ames for an official visit when the Cyclones played Baylor and committed the next day.
TWO MORE OFFICIAL VISITORS
Pegues, a two-star, has offers from California and Texas San Antonio while also drawing interest from West Virginia. Jefferson, meanwhile, who is a three-star, committed to West Virginia on Oct. 1 and has offers from California and Kansas State among others.
THE 2016 OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
There will be at least three 2016 offensive linemen in attendance for Saturday’s game, and all are from the state of Iowa.
Scout’s Rob Howe reported that both Caleb Bright (Urbandale) and Spencer Williams (Cedar Falls) will be in attendance at Jack Trice while Allen Trieu reported this week that four-star Jake Heinrich (Urbandale) would possibly attend, as well.
The Cyclones have offered Heinrich, and both he and Bright have attended multiple games in the first part of the season.
THE 2016 QB PROSPECT
Iowa State will also get a visit from 2016 quarterback Skylar Thompson out of Independence, Mo. Thompson, according to Scout’s Derek Young, who reported the visit, is quite possibly the state of Missouri’s top prospect in the 2016 Class.
Thompson has drawn interest from Nebraska and Arkansas among others, and Young reports that an offer from Iowa State wouldn’t surprise him.