Akers Finds A Fit With Iowa State

Landen Akers found a fit with Iowa State last week and will grayshirt next fall before joining the team

Iowa State kept in constant contact with receiver Landen Akers, and by the time he was visited in Cedar Rapids for the second time he was certain it was the place he wanted to play.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound receiver from Cedar Rapids Washington was offered by Iowa State after making one of many unofficial visits this season on Nov. 22. He was visited multiple times by receivers coach Todd Sturdy in recent weeks and committed on the second such instance.

“They just kept on getting ahold of me and talking to me and I felt like it was the right place for me,” Akers told AllCyclones.com. “So the second time they visited my house I told the coach I wanted to commit.”

Akers is a speedy athlete who made All-State as both a defensive back and receiver this past season as a senior. Iowa State has recruited Akers as a wide receiver and return-type player.

The plan all along for Akers has been to apply a grayshirt on him next year. He’ll enroll in classes next fall, but won’t join the football team until the second semester when he can take part in spring football.

“I will come for the fall semester, I’ll enroll in a few classes and keep on lifting and stuff,” Akers said. “I know I still have to develop a little bit and gain some weight, so I can compete at that level. That’s what I felt worked best for me.”

Akers will arrive in Ames with Cedar Rapids Washington teammate Julian Good-Jones, who is a 2015 Commit for the Cyclones. The two made a number of unofficial visits this season before Akers was extended the offer in November.

“He’s been my friend for awhile — I’ve been playing football with him for awhile — so I thought it’d be cool if I could keep on doing that with one of my friends,” Akers said. “He always wanted me to come to Iowa State with him and see how it is, because I know he liked it a lot.”

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