As the season nears an end, Iowa State is ramping up its recruiting efforts to get prospects to Ames on official visits for the final two home weekends of the season. The biggest date will come Saturday.
The Cyclones currently have 11 commits in the 2015 Class, but currently don’t have any commitments from JUCO players. There will be eight recruits on official visits Saturday when Iowa State takes on Texas Tech, and six of those players are junior college athletes.
Here’s the breakdown of confirmed official visitors.
Demond Tucker | DT | Copiah-Lincoln C.C.
Since Demond Tucker, one of the nation’s top JUCO players, told AllCyclones.com in June that he would use an official visit on Iowa State this fall, his arrival in Ames has been anticipated.
With the season winding down, Tucker will spend his weekend at Iowa State, a school that remains very much in the running for his services. Tucker has recently visited Kansas State and multiple SEC schools — including Texas A&M and Mississippi State — have offered the 6-foot-1, 280-pound lineman.
Tucker will be hosted on his visit by linebacker Jordan Harris, who he was teammates with at Copiah-Lincoln. He’s expected to be a mid-year transfer.
Bobby Leath | DT | Coffeyville C.C.
Bobby Leath is still waiting to see what offers might still come in, but he’ll make a stop at Iowa State to check out a school that has long been in his picture. The Cyclones have been in on Leath for some time, but he appears to still be waiting to see what other schools might make offers.
“They’ve been the most consistent in their pursuit of me,” Leath said in October. “It really comes down to how they’ve treated me and I’ve been appreciative of that.”
Leath, who won’t be a mid-year transfer, has more time to make a decision and isn’t expected to decide quickly.
Ricky Parks | DL | Coffeyville C.C.
A teammate of Leath at Coffeyville C.C., Ricky Parks is a highly-regarded defensive lineman that started his collegiate career at Auburn as a tight end. Parks has made the switch to the defensive side at Coffeyville, and that’s where he is drawing interest.
Parks holds offers from schools including Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, and last weekend visited Arkansas State. A native of the southeast, Parks has interest in playing close to home, which makes Arkansas State a realistic option and is one barrier for Iowa State.
However, according to Scout’s Derek Young, Parks also has his sights set on being a one-and-done player at the FBS level, so he’s primarily seeking immediate playing time. That’s something the Cyclones could provide.
Deonte Reynolds | DL | Contra Costa College
Deonte Reynolds holds offers from Kansas State, Tennessee, Arizona State, California and Oklahoma among others, and will make a visit to Iowa State this weekend.
The 6-foot-5, 335-pound defensive lineman is versatile on the defensive line and is able to play just about anywhere. Reynolds will finish his degree in May and will go to a school with three years to play two.
G.G. Robinson | DL | Parkview HS, GA
While G.G. Robinson is committed to Louisville, he tells AllCyclones.com that he is open to taking visits and talking with other schools, which he will do this weekend on an official visit at Iowa State.
Robinson is being recruiting as a defensive lineman (he also plays tight end), and can play both in the middle and on the end. Of the five defensive linemen visiting Ames this weekend, Robinson is the lone high school prospect.
Matt Kellerman | OT | Buterler C.C.
Iowa State just recently offered Matt Kellerman, and the offensive tackle will quickly turn around and visit this weekend.
After losing JUCO offensive tackle Tristan Nickelson to Texas, Kellerman is a strong candidate to fill a need on the offensive line. He visited Illinois last weekend and will visit Louisville on Nov. 29 following his trip to Ames. The lead recruiter at Louisville on Kellerman is former ISU offensive line coach Chris Klenakis.
Kellerman, who is 6-foot-6 and 295 pounds, is expected to make a decision shortly after his visits are wrapped up and hopes to enroll in January with three years to play two.
Jomal Wiltz | DB | Trinity Valley C.C.
Jomal Wiltz, who the Cyclones offered in recent weeks, is another JUCO defensive back option for Iowa State, along with Antoine Albert. Iowa State had shown interest in Wiltz for several weeks before offering.
Mike Johnson | CB | Clearwater Countryside HS (FL)
A member of the 2014 Class, Mike Johnson was grayshirted and will enroll in January. Johnson will make a visit to Ames this weekend before doing so, but is already headed for Iowa State in the coming weeks.