Iowa State picked up a commitment from one Itawamba Community College defensive lineman during the weekend, but there were two who made the trip to Ames for visits during homecoming.
Along with defensive end Larry Jefferson, who committed to the Cyclones on Sunday before his departure, two-star defensive lineman Xavier Pegues visited Iowa State. Pegues has offers from California and Texas San Antonio and has drawn interest from West Virginia in addition to Iowa State, but he is a different player than his teammate.
“He’s a different player than Larry, for sure,” Itawamba coach Sean Cannon said. “[He’s got] a much bigger body [and is] an inside three-technique guy. He was probably a 240-pound kid out of high school and now he’s up to 275, 280. You hear those comparisons to being a bull in a China shop and that’s kind of how he is.”
It is unclear where Iowa State now stands with exterior defensive linemen after taking a verbal commitment from Jefferson, which added to the pledges already in from high school defensive end commits Anthony Nelson and Seth Nerness.
Pegues' recruitment also remains unclear as his sophomore season progresses.
“I really don’t know about him right now,” Cannon said. “He’s got a little girl and I think that’s one thing that’s going to factor in his decision because he tries to do a good job of being a good father, also.”
Pegues did enjoy his visit to Ames, though, and advice from Cannon to his players has been to keep an open mind when making the ultimate decision.
“I think they both enjoyed the visit, because I know our defensive line coach talked to both of them this weekend. I think they really enjoyed the atmosphere and things like that,” Cannon said. “I try to tell the kids, ‘Sometimes getting away and going to experience something new is something maybe we all need.’ You can always come home to the south, but you never know. You go out there [and] you get a chance to play Big 12 football and it’s something you can always tell your grandkids.”