As the season begins to wind down, recruiting is beginning to heat up.
Iowa State has already filled — with 11 commits — most of what will be a small recruiting class for 2015, but there are still as many as a handful of spots remaining, and the coming weeks figure to be big.
Let’s dig into the latest on the recruiting front.
- When Iowa State takes on Texas Tech on Nov. 22, it will be a big day for recruiting. Word is that the Cyclones will host JUCO defensive tackles Bobby Leath and Demond Tucker for visits that day. Both are highly regarded JUCO defensive linemen and have both been heavily recruited by the Cyclones.
By the way, Tucker would be a mid-year transfer while Leath wouldn’t arrive until after next spring.
- A new name popped up Monday when G.G. Robinson said he will visit Iowa State on Nov. 22 against Texas Tech. Robinson is a Louisville commit and tells AllCyclones.com that he is 100 percent committed. However, he adds that he is also open to visiting other schools and talking with them as he will with the Cyclones.
Robinson is listed as a tight end, but Iowa State — much like Louisville — is recruiting him as a defensive lineman. The Cyclones offered Robinson in the spring and have remained in contact.
- JUCO cornerback Antoine Albert is a big target for Iowa State and could impact the Cyclones’ secondary immediately. Albert narrowed his schools to Arizona, California, Oregon State, San Diego State, Colorado State and Iowa State shortly before Halloween.
While he thought he might decide around Halloween, Albert tells AllCyclones.com that his decision will now likely come later, possibly in December. He still plans to visit both SDSU and Arizona, he said.
- JUCO tight end Chris French made an official visit to Iowa State back during the season-opener and liked what he saw. The feeling then was that French may have committed on the spot had his offer been committable. Instead, French, who also holds an offer from Illinois, has been forced to wait as Iowa State seems to wait to see where he might fit into the picture.
French made a visit to Texas State during the weekend and said his recruiting will likely go late into this month or possibly December.
- While Tristan Nickelson flipped from Iowa State to Texas on Saturday night, it had nothing to do with Iowa State or its 34-14 loss to Kansas. Nickelson didn’t pick up the Texas offer until he unofficially visited Saturday and that changed his mind. The Texas native said the offer was too good to pass up.
After Xavier Pegues committed to Iowa State just a day after his official visit last month, he recently made a visit to West Virginia, which has also offered. Pegues remains committed to Iowa State and has said that he would like to get to Ames again, this time with his girlfriend. The two have a daughter, and she is an important part of his decision.
Pegues could make that unofficial visit on Nov. 22.
“Nothing happened with ISU, that is a great program with a lot of upside and some great coaches,” Nickelson told AllCyclones. “It was just too much to pass up.”