Iowa State will graduate two defensive ends following the upcoming 2015 season, and while the Cyclones added one in the 2015 class, they are still on the search for reinforcements in the 2016 class.
While Iowa State added Seth Nerness this winter, it will lose Dale Pierson and Trent Taylor to graduation at season's end. Here's a look at some of the early 2016 names on Iowa State's board at defensive end.
While Iowa State has offered Fant, so has Nebraska, and it appears highly unlikely the Cyclones will be able to pry him away from his home state. The top defensive end from Nebraska in the 2016 class has visited Nebraska multiple times. Fant, who also holds Power 5 offers from both Iowa and Vanderbilt, is expected to make his decision sometime next month.
Stille is another defensive end from Nebraska with an offer from the Huskers and he, too, could be tough to steal. It remains to be seen if Iowa State sees Stille at tight end or defensive end. He also holds offers from Iowa and Vanderbilt in addition to Iowa State and Nebraska.
Massie's lone Power 5 offer to date comes from California, but Iowa State has told the Texas defensive end to "be looking out" for an offer in the near future. His recruitment is expected to pick up with the likes of Oklahoma State and Texas Tech also showing major interest.
Queen has yet to net any offer to date, but Kansas, Kansas State and Boise State have apparently shown interest. Iowa State is expected to be involved, but it may be summer before his recruitment picks up.
Galindo hasn't garnered a Power 5 offer, but plenty of schools have shown interest including Nebraska, Michigan State, Iowa, Iowa State, Illinois and Cincinnati.
Brinkman visited Iowa State for a game last fall (along with Nebraska). His recruitment hasn't picked up yet, but Iowa and Nebraska have also showed varying interest. It remains to be seen if he translates as a defensive end or tight end at the next level. That should become more clear when schools begin to offer.