AMES, IOWA — Iowa State has been busy on the recruiting trail since the spring evaluation period kicked off many weeks ago and that continued with their first camp in Ames on Saturday.
While the Cyclones in the last week or so hosted three satellite camps — two in Texas last weekend and one in Florida this past week — the camp focus turned to Midwest kids at Iowa State on Saturday.
With the first camp in Ames (there will be another next Friday), Iowa State coaches got a good look in-person at several prospects who they have eyed in recent weeks and months. From a trio of quarterbacks to a number of linebackers, many recruits had the opportunity to showcase themselves.
Here are some takeaways from the camp.
No offers, but...
Iowa State didn't immediately offer any 2016 prospects following the camp, although several met with coach Paul Rhoads in his office.
Among those who met with Rhoads was Oswego (Ill.) quarterback Steven Frank. In a text message, Frank told AllCyclones.com that the meeting with Rhoads went "really well." Frank was not offered and was told Iowa State is "still evaluating" him.
At Saturday's camp, Frank ran a 4.83 40-yard dash, a 4.47 pro agility and had a broad jump of 9'3. What stood out, though, was Frank's ability at quarterback. Frank showed great velocity and touch on his passes. Time and time again coaches could be heard yelling "great ball" when he sent passes deep and hit receivers quick on slants. He showed good timing and had good touch on passes down the sideline.
This is only a gut feeling, but there is a sense that Frank, who holds Power 5 offers from Illinois and Boston College, really likes Iowa State and could commit if offered. He has friends on the team, has enjoyed multiple visits and chose to camp at Iowa State for the sake of earning an offer. Time will tell how Iowa State evaluates him now and moves forward in finding a 2016 quarterback.
The other quarterbacks
Frank wasn't the only quarterback at camp, of course, and Iowa State coaches appeared to closely monitor two others: Mount Pleasant (IA) quarterback Joe Hess and Ames (IA) quarterback Michael Frankl.
Hess ran a 5.09 40-yard dash, a 4.79 pro agility and had a broad jump of 7'10. Frankl didn't arrive until after testing because of the ACT.
Throwing in front of coaches, Hess and Frankl were often throwing in a group of three that included Frank. Hess, a lefty, showed good touch on his passes and was told he mainly needs to focus on footwork. Frankl made several solid throws and also stood out. He met with Rhoads in his office at the end of camp.
Iowa State continues to evaluate quarterbacks, but I've heard from some involved prospects that the Cyclones are moving forward in their evaluations. Iowa State is said to want to see at least one QB throw next Friday at camp and could decide shortly after who to offer. There is always a possibility something could be determined sooner after coaches meet as a group.
Other Rhoads Visitors
While Frank and Frankl were the two quarterbacks summoned to Rhoads' office after camp, a few other prospects were called in. Among the small group of players Rhoads met with was linebacker Austin Schulte and tight end Shaun Beyer.
Schulte camped at Iowa last weekend and was offered by the Hawkeyes as a defensive end. Iowa State views him at end, too, but continues its evaluation. Rhoads told Schulte the Cyclones would like to see him play more natural at defensive end and will continue to watch him moving forward.
As for Beyer, Iowa State hasn't decided yet if he fits better at tight end or on defense. He worked Saturday with Mark Mangino and the tight ends. Rhoads told Beyer he was happy with how he performed and plans to watch his progress into next season.
2017 Offer Goes Out
Iowa State did reportedly put a 2017 offer out Saturday, offering camper Jacob Coons. Scout.com lists Coons, who is from Solon (IA), as a tight end. The offer is his first. At camp Saturday, Coons impressed. He measured at nearly 6-foot-4 and 217 pounds, ran a 4.92 40-yard dash, 4.42 pro agility and had a broad jump of 8'9.
A few other standouts