While Iowa State took to the field at Jack Trice Stadium to showcase itself Saturday, JUCO signee Bobby Leath looked on from the stands in anticipation of what is still to come from an improved defense.
Already with JUCO mid-year transfer Demond Tucker as a new face in the middle of the defensive line, Leath, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive tackle from Coffeyville (KS) C.C., will arrive in Ames on June 7.
“We have some good defensive linemen this year,” Leath said. “You have Demond Tucker, he’s doing good this spring, and I’m coming here just to add to it and just put Iowa State back on the map.”
Leath held offers from Arkansas, Arizona State, Boise State, Illinois, and Southern Mississippi among others before committing to Iowa State in mid-December. He is on track to graduate from Coffeyville in May and will arrive with fellow Coffeyville transfer Jaypee Philbert (offensive tackle) with three years to play two.
Iowa State’s recruitment of Leath was helped by its familiarity. Wally Burnham recruited Leath’s brother out of high school, and Iowa State had recruited Bobby before he chose to go the JUCO route.
“Me and him have been tight ever since high school,” Leath said of his relationship with Shane Burnham. “Coach Shane is just a great guy, a great coach and I like him.”
Shane is equally as thrilled to add Leath.
“Bobby Leath, I’m excited,” Shane said. “I’ve seen him play in-person this fall. I saw him in high school. I feel like I know exactly what I’m getting in Bobby Leath. I can’t wait for him to get here. I want to get him here, man, and start working with him.”
While Tucker was slotted at the tackle position this spring, Leath is expected to compete for the three-technique spot come fall.