While Iowa State added four JUCO players to its roster during the mid-year signing period, it will add two more junior college transfers who it hopes can make an immediate impact after graduating in May.
Four JUCOs — Demond Tucker, Patrick Scoggins, Jomal Wiltz and Jarnor Jones — were added as mid-year signees and are already on campus with the ability to take part in spring ball in the coming months. Two more are being added to the 2015 class now with JUCO teammates — offensive tackle Jaypee Philbert and defensive tackle Bobby Leath — joining the mix.
Here's a look at what the two JUCOs offer.
BOBBY LEATH | DT | Coffeyville C.C.
THE STORY: Iowa State was in on Leath for quite some time before he visited in late November and then committed in mid-December, picking the Cyclones' over offers from the likes of Arkansas, Arizona State, Arkansas State, Boise State, Illinois and Southern Mississippi. Leath is an aggressive lineman who, at 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds, has been recruited to play defensive tackle. He will arrive at Iowa State with two years to play two after graduating in May.
WHAT HE SAID: “They run pretty much the same scheme as us. It's the same defense we have. It was a good vibe. They want me to be a 3-tech or a 5-tech lineman for them. That's what I do here at Coffeyville. I'll be familiar with it. That's a real good thing about them."
JAYPEE PHILBERT | OT | Coffeyville C.C.
THE STORY: Iowa State was rewarded for its loyalty to Philbert when he committed just days before Signing Day. The Cyclones and Arizona State were the first two teams in on Philbert, and while he committed to Arizona State initially, he decommitted shortly before his Jan. 16-18 visit to Ames. In the end, Philbert picked Iowa State over Kansas. The 6-foot-6, 305-pound lineman has been recruited to play tackle for the Cyclones and is eyeing the starting left tackle spot. He will arrive at Iowa State with three years to play three after graduating in May.
WHAT HE SAID: "Iowa State has been with me since the beginning of my season. They showed great loyalty to me, so I showed great loyalty to them back. I’m just ready to get to work now. I’m ready to play football. I’m ready to help Iowa State take over the Big 12."