Months of recruiting and recent weeks of visits by coaches will culminate Wednesday with the Mid-Year Signing Day for the 2015 Class. Now less than 24 hours from the onset of that period, Iowa State has two commitments that will sign as mid-year transfers and enroll in classes next semester.
Meanwhile, there are other names to be on the lookout for as they near decisions ahead of the signing period.
Demond Tucker, DT — A highly-regarding JUCO defensive tackle, Tucker held offers from a number of Power 5 schools before ultimately choosing Iowa State over Kansas State. Tucker is likely to step in immediately and be expected to contribute on the Iowa State defensive line next season.
Tucker has been described as a player with a high motor who uses a combination of quickness and strength to collapse the pocked. He thoroughly enjoyed his visit to Iowa State last month where former Copiah-Lincoln teammate Jordan Harris redshirted after transferring. Now the two former teammates should join forces again as the Cyclones look to improve the 2015 defense.
Patrick Scoggins, OL — Scoggins is, in a sense, an under-the-radar player, or that’s what Iowa State believes. Despite being smaller at 6-foot-3, Scoggins was effective at Long Beach C.C., where he was an all-conference player. The expectation for Scoggins, who had picked up interest from Southern Mississippi, Texas San-Antonio and Toledo before committing last month, is to play center.
Scoggins already has the size to compete immediately, and with the addition of spring ball next semester, he should do just that. He has versatility as he was a guard at Long Beach, but Iowa State currently views him as a center with the ability to play elsewhere on the line if needed.
Jomal Wiltz, CB — Wiltz is a quick and physical cornerback who played safety this past season at Trinity Valley C.C. (TX). Iowa State appears to view him as a cornerback, and also as a player who could make an immediate impact on special teams, potentially in the return game.
Wiltz picked up an Iowa State offer earlier this season and committed Tuesday, picking the Cyclones' over California.
Antoine Albert, CB — Albert at one point thought he might decide around Halloween if everything felt right, but now the mid-year date has arrived with no decision. The JUCO cornerback — who is bigger at 6-foot-2 — had his options narrowed to Iowa State, Colorado State, California, Oregon State, San Diego State and Arizona. When Mike Riley left Oregon State for Nebraska, Albert picked up an offer from the Cornhuskers and added them to the mix.
Iowa State has long been thought to be among the leaders for Albert, and a home visit from Paul Rhoads last week helped as his mother was able to meet the Iowa State coach for the first time. The JUCO corner would add depth immediately and would have three years to play two.