Not long after Matt Campbell was introduced at Iowa State on Monday, he and his staff reached out to Ames quarterback Michael Frankl to reaffirm his preferred walk-on offer.
Wednesday, Campbell’s first-ever stop on the recruiting trail was to Ames High. The Cyclones would like to get the 2016 quarterback to Iowa State.
“It meant everything,” Frankl said after Campbell stopped by. “Like I’ve told you from Day 1 I’ve dreamed of being a Cyclone my whole life, so to have him come in and make Ames High his first stop really shows how much he still cares even though I’m not a scholarship player because of my knee. It just meant a lot. I was just very, very excited to see him.”
Frankl has been on Iowa State’s radar for some time before tearing his right ACL early on during his senior campaign this fall. His recovery is going smoothly, but he is now beginning to sort through his college options.
Northern Iowa has come in with an offer while Iowa State has held steady on its offer to bring him in as a preferred walk-on. He has heard from both Iowa and Michigan (which he has visited) about preferred walk-on opportunities as well, though neither has made decisions on who they’ll offer.
“I’m just kind of keeping my options open,” Frankl said. “Obviously I love the Cyclones, I want to be a Cyclone, but I just want to see what other schools may have to offer me first.”
All schools are currently recruiting Frankl as a quarterback, though there was a sense before his knee injury that some schools, including Iowa, may have seen him as an athlete who could play elsewhere.
The message from Campbell?
“After he offered it to me I thanked him and everything but he was like, ‘No, thank you. It’s really important for us to get local kids who want to be Cyclones,’” Frankl said. “He said that meant something to him, too, which I was really excited to hear. He just seemed like a really nice, genuine person that I could trust everything that he was saying and it would be an honor to play for him.”
Frankl has been invited to the CyHawk basketball game at Hilton Coliseum next Thursday and is looking at an official visit sometime in January.
For now, he’s continuing to weigh his options with signing around the corner.
“I guess I’m kind of waiting for these other schools to see what they’re going to do with their preferred walk-on spots,” Frankl said. “But honestly, I love the Cyclones. It’s what I wanted to do forever so they’re very, very high on my list. It was just very positive talking with Coach Campbell and Mitchell Moore and it just got me really excited.”