The 5-foot-10, 170-pound cornerback from Trinity Valley C.C. (TX) informed Rhoads that, after all the visits, he is coming to Ames. Wiltz, who will sign as a mid-year transfer Wednesday, picked Iowa State over an offer from California.
“He was proud,” Wiltz told AllCyclones.com of Rhoads’ reaction. “He said I made his day and made many more days [of Cyclones].”
Wiltz, who played safety this past season for Trinity Valley C.C. (TX) picked up an offer from Iowa State earlier this season and visited Nov. 22. Last week Wiltz was visited by Rhoads, who made a separate visit the same day to meet Wiltz’s family at another Texas location.
The visits and strong interest sealed the deal.
“I felt the vibe and they showed me a lot of attention and love,” Wiltz said. “By him coming to meet my parents and everything, that played a big part in it also.”
Wiltz is a fast, physical cornerback who can play in both man and zone coverage. He’ll arrive at Iowa State on Jan. 8 with three years to play two.
“Wiltz is a [defensive back] who will do well in college,” Scout.com analyst Greg Powers said. “He has above average coverage skills and is able to flow to the football quickly. [He] has a muscular upper body that can hold up to the college game and will help in tackling bigger college backs.”
The plan for Wiltz is to compete for a spot as a defensive back in spring ball, and also contribute immediately on special teams. Wiltz has been told by the Iowa State staff that they view him playing a role in the return game next season.
“The plan moving forward is to just get up there, work hard and earn a starting spot at either corner or wherever they need me,” Wiltz said. “Being able to play in the Big 12 and on national TV, to play against some of the best opponents [is great].”