Iowa State Camp Notes: June 19

Iowa State held its second and final June camp in Ames on Friday night, finishing under the lights at Jack Trice Stadium with some prospective recruits in attendance. Here are some takeaways from

AMES, IOWA — One week after Iowa State hosted its first local camp of the summer, it had another chance to evaluate a new batch of prospects under the lights at Jack Trice Stadium on Friday night.

The Cyclones hosted their first of two — the other comes in July — Friday Night Lights camps on Friday with a number of prospects in attendance who are future offer candidates. Iowa State came away from the camp by dishing out an offer while showing strong interest in a number of other recruits.

Here are some nuggets out of camp.

Walk-on Candidate Camps

Among the players who camped at Iowa State on Friday night was one interesting name who stood out among the rest. That was running back Nick Leach who was a bit older and more experienced than the rest.

Leach, a 2014 graduate, looked good in drills and posted good results, running a 4.53 40-yard dash while posting a 4.46 in the pro agility test.

Originally a walk-on at Minnesota following his senior season at East Ridge in St. Paul, Minnesota, word is things simply didn't work out. Leach, a 6-foot-2, 207-pound back, is now looking at other options and that brought him to Ames for camp.

Leach has good size and seems to be a worthwhile prospect. He was putting up solid numbers during his senior season — 645 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns in the first three games — before a torn ACL ended his prep career. Currently, he's simply a walk-on candidate. Iowa State last weekend added walk-on Marley Allison to the fold. Both are Louis Ayeni guys.

A 2017 QB Impresses

Last Sunday, 2017 West Des Moines Valley quarterback Rocky Lombardi impressed coaches during the 7-on-7 tournament in Ames. Friday night it was 2017 Waterloo West quarterback Devon Moore's turn.

Moore, a 6-foot-4 lefty, has good size and an overall good makeup for a quarterback. While throwing Friday night, he certainly impressed. Moore has very good velocity and touch on his passes and continued to awe onlooking coaches with some of his deep throws and quick passes toward the sideline.

After coach Paul Rhoads offered Lombardi on the phone toward the end of camp, Moore was offered in-person at the end of camp.

A Special, Highly-Touted Onlooker

Four-star offensive lineman Jake Heinrich, who has long held an Iowa State offer, didn't camp with the Cyclones on Friday night, but was in attendance. Heinrich was with his father while his brother, John, camped.

Heinrich is Iowa State's big target for the 2016 class, and this visit is noteworthy for the sheer fact of how frequently the Urbandale prospect has recently stopped in Ames. Word is that Heinrich was in Ames last Sunday, and following his Friday night visit, he was scheduled back in Ames on Saturday for the Cyclones' Golden Ticket Day, which would mark his third trip in a span of less than one week.

While he holds Power 5 offers from Arkansas, California, Duke, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisville and mostly recently Oregon, the thought is that Iowa State is still in position to potentially land the highly-touted offensive lineman from just down the road. There has been some thought that Heinrich first wants to see how the initial weeks of the 2015 season go this fall.

An Interesting 2016 Prospect

There was one 2016 prospect in particular who was quite interesting, and that was defensive lineman Jamahl Johnson out of Minnesota.

Johnson, a 6-foot, 300-pound lineman, has drawn interest from Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska in addition to Iowa State and was quite impressive Friday. Despite his big frame, Johnson is pretty quick and displayed as much with a 4.90 40-yard dash and a 4.80 in the pro agility. Likely an offer candidate, Johnson performed rather well at camp, and time will tell how he graded out.

Odds and Ends

  • Two familiar 2016 prospects were in attendance Friday night as receiver Jack Sorenson (Ill.) and offensive lineman Caleb Bright (IA) stopped in town. Sorenson is a quick receiver who holds a number of offers from the likes of Air Force, Army and Ball State while Bright is an Urbandale product who has offers from the likes of Buffalo and Ohio. Both were likely offer candidates, but it's not yet clear how either graded out.
  • There were several impressive 2017 prospects in attendance at the camp Friday (See: Devon Moore), but one who stood out was Illinois running back Ivory Kelly-Martin. He was quick and coaches appeared to be impressed.

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