Visitor Roundup: Big Weekend Awaits Cyclones

Iowa State will host as many as 15 recruits on official visits in one of the biggest weekends of the Paul Rhoads era

As National Signing Day draws within three weeks, Iowa State is preparing for what is likely to be one of the biggest weekends of the Paul Rhoads era, and that might not be an understatement.

The Cyclones, when ESPN's GameDay comes to town Saturday for Iowa State's matchup with Kansas, are expected to host as many as 15 players on official visits. That list includes the majority of its current high school commits as well as a number of key prospects.

Iowa State's 2015 class currently includes 14 players. That number includes Mike Johnson, a grayshirt from the 2014 class who has arrived on campus, but not Landen Akers, a commit in the 2015 class who will grayshirt and numbers-wise fits better into the 2016 class.

The likely scenario, in an ideal world for the Cyclones, would see the 2015 class round out around 18, give or take two depending on how the final three weeks shape up. Iowa State will have coaches in place Wednesday night to begin making visits when the dead period is lifted on Thursday, but those coaches will return in time for the important weekend that awaits.

So, let's take a look at that big weekend.

THE HIGH SCHOOL COMMITS

Iowa State currently has 10 high schools commits in its 2015 class, and all but one will make the trip this weekend. That list includes Bobby McMillen, Bryce Meeker, Dominic DeLira, Denver Johnson, Marcel Spears, Julian Good-Jones, Seth Nerness, Jordan Wallace and Landen Akers.

While that group has long been involved in a group text message conversation (since mid-summer!), it will be the first time many have met in-person, especially for the likes of DeLira. The weekend will also be important for those commits as they see the atmosphere and campus for the final time before Signing Day.

The lone high school commit who won't be in town is Stephon Brown. Brown already made his official visit (when he committed), so isn't able to use another.

THE JUCO COMMIT

There will be one other commit in attendance as JUCO defensive tackle Bobby Leath will make the trip. Leath has already made his official visit, but wanted to make another trip to Ames and is expected to do so with family this weekend.

THE PROSPECTS

Then there are the prospects who Iowa State is hoping will get a good look at both the campus and atmosphere during their three-day stay in town.

Among the prospects who will visit are JUCO offensive tackle Jaypee Philbert, high school receiver Carson Epps and defensive tackles Javier Edwards and De’Amontae Jackson. Expect at least one more name to surface in the coming week after running back Devine Ozigbo flipped to Nebraska on Friday night. It's likely a new running back could visit this weekend, too.

Two players to especially keep an eye on are Philbert and Epps. Philbert is committed to Arizona State, but he is still very much interested in Iowa State and hasn't yet made a trip Arizona State (he will Jan. 23). Epps, meanwhile, is the cousin of commit Denver Johnson and just recently picked up an Iowa State offer. He is expected to decide quickly and has the Cyclones at the top of his list.


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