Cyclones Scoop: Holiday Updates

As we move into the doldrums of winter, recruiting is heating up for Iowa State as National Signing Day approaches

Recruiting is heating up with National Signing Day drawing closer, and Iowa State still has its eyes set on several positions. Here’s the latest on where things stand with some prospects and a few commits already in the 2015 Class.


  • It may appear that Iowa State has missed out on JUCO offensive tackle Jaypee Philbert, but despite recently committing to Arizona State, the recruitment for the lineman from Coffeyville C.C. (KS) appears to be far from over. Philbert tells AllCyclones.com that he will still make his official visit to Iowa State on the weekend of Jan. 16, when Iowa State hosts Kansas at Hilton Coliseum. His official visit to Arizona State will be the next week on Jan. 23.
  • Iowa State is still trying to get a high school defensive tackle to add to its two JUCO commits (Demond Tucker and Bobby Leath). There are plenty of names still in the mix, too. Four names currently heavily in the mix at that position are Jamal Milan, G.G. Robinson, Robert Windsor and De'Amontae Jackson.

    Milan, who visited mid-season, said Iowa State currently sits at No. 2 behind Indiana, but is still very much in the mix. He’ll visit Minnesota on Jan. 16 and Illinois on Jan. 23. Robinson, who is committed to Louisville, also said Iowa State remains in his mix. He will visit Louisville on Jan. 16, Arizona State on Jan. 23 and Kansas State on Jan. 30. Jackson will visit Iowa State on Jan. 16.

  • With 15 commits in the 2015 Class, Iowa State is still targeting both an offensive and defensive tackle (as seen above). Expect the Cyclones, who should end up with 18-20 commits in this class, to also continue looking for a receiver and possibly another defensive back after they missed out on JUCO Antoine Albert.
  • Expect Jan. 17 to be quite possibly the biggest recruiting day of the Paul Rhoads era. Iowa State will have nearly all high school commits in town for official visits when the basketball team hosts Kansas. The lone two high school commits who won’t be in attendance are Stephon Brown and Devine Ozigbo as both made officials during the season. There will also be an array of prospects the Cyclones are still recruiting.
  • While Iowa State is still pushing to add to its class, a number of commits are drawing interest from other schools. Rumor has it that commit Anthony Nelson recently visited Iowa. Meanwhile Seth Nerness has drawn interest from a number of schools including Louisville, West Virginia, Kansas State and North Carolina.
  • Two other commits are also potentially receiving added interested. Marcel Spears’ high school coach took a position at Kansas and the Jayhawks could potentially target him. Devine Ozigbo is on Nebraska’s radar after hiring Oregon State coach Mike Riley, although an offer hasn’t yet come.

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