With the season completed, Iowa State has its coaches spread across the country visiting both commits and prospects. Here is the latest on some of those fronts.
- Iowa State picked up its 13th commitment Monday afternoon when JUCO defensive tackle Demond Tucker committed to coach Paul Rhoads while he was visiting Tucker in Mississippi. Don’t expect Tucker to be the last JUCO defensive tackle to sign with the Cyclones, either.
It’s expected that JUCO defensive tackle Bobby Leath has Iowa State sitting at the top of his list. Leath isn’t a mid-year signee, so he has more time before deciding where to commit, but it appears likely he’ll end up with the Cyclones if everything falls in order in the coming days and weeks.
- Iowa State isn’t targeting any more defensive ends, as it appears to be satisfied with high school commits Anthony Nelson and Seth Nerness. On the interior, however, there are still several key high schools prospects.
The Cyclones have had offers out to high school defensive tackles Jamal Milan and G.G. Robinson, and both made official visits this season. Robinson remains committed to Louisville for now, and Milan had Iowa State as his No. 1 option before visiting Indiana last weekend. His recruitment has been very fluid, but he tells AllCyclones.com that Indiana is currently at the top of his list with Iowa State very much in the picture.
- Now, a new name can be added to Iowa State’s list of high school defensive tackle targets. The Cyclones on Monday offered defensive tackle Robert Windsor, who was visited by coach Shane Burnham in Wisconsin on Monday when he picked up the offer. Windsor’s recruitment has picked up after a strong senior season. He holds offers from Illinois, Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh, Purdue and a few others.
- Iowa State target Antoine Albert has had his list of choices narrowed down to Arizona, California, Colorado State, Oregon State, San Diego State and Iowa State in no particular order for some time now, and told AllCyclones.com this wekened that he hopes to make a decision on or before Dec. 14.
His decision now has a new element added after Oregon State coach Mike Riley left for Nebraska and offered him over the weekend. He is trying to make a visit to Nebraska this week, but time is running short.
- The Cyclones have another JUCO cornerback target in Jomal Wiltz, who visited Nov. 22 and told AllCyclones.com that his decision was likely between Iowa State and California. Wiltz is expected to visit Cal as soon as this weekend and could make his decision shortly after. Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads is expected to pay him a visit sometime this week.
- Speaking of visits, Rhoads is expected to visit recent JUCO offensive line commit Patrick Scoggins on Thursday (Dec. 11) in California. It would also make logistical sense for Rhoads to see Albert before or after that home visit.
- A number of 2015 commits were paid visits leading into Iowa State’s season finale in Texas, and many more will get visits this week.
2015 offensive line commit Julian Good-Jones was visited by Brandon Blaney last Thursday, offensive line commit Bryce Meeker was visited by Todd Sturdy, linebacker commit Marcel Spears was seen by Maurice Lingquist, quarterback commit Dominic DeLira was visited by Tommy Mangino, and running back commit Devine Ozigbo was paid a visit in Texas, too.
- Other commits expect visits this week including Denver Johnson on Sunday (Dec. 14) by Paul Rhoads and Bobby McMillen sometime this week by Louis Ayeni and Wally Burnham. Seth Nerness expects to be visited in North Carolina, but by who and when remained uncertain during the weekend.
- Iowa State extended in-state athlete Landon Akers an offer during his visit for the Texas Tech (Nov. 22) game. Akers expects to be visited by an Iowa State coach in the near future and could make his decision relatively soon. There is a strong possibility that he grayshirts, but that remains uncertain.
- Meanwhile, Dowling safety Nick Wilson tells AllCyclones.com that Iowa has begun showing more interest. The Cyclones had, during the summer, talked to Wilson about a grayshirt opportunity if they didn’t have an offer available, but those talks have quieted. Word is that Wilson would likely be a walk-on at Iowa.