What stood out in your various visits to Iowa State and conversations with coaches that made you want to commit?
I would say the coaching staff and the people around the coaching staff, including the players and the whole campus and everything. I felt at home. Right when I was there, I knew that was the place for me.
One of the things that sticks out is [Coach Brandon] Blaney. He was always there for me and before the camp he said, ‘We don’t have any tackle positions, you’re going to have to try center or guard.’ I said, ‘I’ll try anything.’ He looks at me and he’s like, ‘The scholarship is there, but you’re going to have to earn it.’ I think that just kind of tells me, the fight is never done. You’re always earning stuff, you’re always earning positions. I think that really stood out, because I think me and him grew with that and grew on our relationship with that and everything.
When you think about your future and think about the coming months, what excites you about Iowa State and getting to Ames?
I’m excited for Jack Trice. I’m excited for game days. But I know work starts first. I definitely think one of the things I’m looking forward to is walking out of the tunnel at Jack Trice and being in uniform.
Some people watch film and see film, but for people who haven’t seen you, how would you describe your game to those people?
I would say I’m a powerful lineman. I like pass-block, but I love run-block. I love hitting people, getting my hands on, driving through, not having to worry about moving my feet side to side, but north and south. That’s my favorite part of my game.
If you had to key in on something that you want to work on between now and when the season starts, what would it be?
It comes with my body, because I think before I can even perform on the field I’m going to have to be body strength and all that kind of stuff. One of the things I’m really looking forward to and really want to expand my game on is in the weight room and getting stronger, getting more powerful and making it so I can be out there and I can compete with those big guys. That’s my first goal is to just get bigger.
You were able to come on your official visit, and I think some of those guys you probably had texted with for awhile but saw them for the first time, what did you take away from that visit?
I think in Ames, it’s very family-oriented. The recruits that are committed right now are committed. I think those guys want to be part of the family. The whole coaching staff does a really good job of putting together a group of guys in the recruiting process that are going to get along, that are going to understand each other, that are going to develop with each other. I think that was a big thing on my official was just meeting all the guys, just putting faces with highlight tapes and stuff like that.