Lafayette (IN) Central Catholic offensive lineman Coy Cronk had an Iowa State offer roll in last week and has since seen offensive line coach Tom Manning stop in Indiana to see him twice in as many weeks.
The 6-foot-5, 272-pound offensive tackle, who holds offers from Indiana, Illinois, Vanderbilt and Iowa State among others, is building a quick relationship with the new Iowa State staff and has mutual interest.
“They really liked my film and that kind of thing,” Cronk said of Iowa State. “They liked my athleticism and knew I was a very good student and they think I fit the program really well and that kind of thing.”
Manning’s latest visit to see Cronk came Wednesday when the two sides quickly set up an official visit for the coming weekend. Cronk, who has previously visited the other three Power 5 schools, will now see his fourth in Iowa State.
Until recently, Cronk has been focused on his senior season at Central Catholic, but his focus has now shifted to his future.
“During the season I had a pretty good high school season, we finished up 15-0 state champs, so I only went on three game day visits during my football season, which were to [Indiana], Illinois and Vanderbilt,” Cronk said. “Now that the season is over I’ve been really focused on my recruitment and that kind of thing.”
Cronk has a preexisting relationship with assistant Alex Golesh and has met him in-person at Illinois. He has talked with new coach Matt Campbell on the phone and will get a chance to meet him face-to-face this weekend.
That trip will allow him to get a closer look at what he’s been hearing about.
“I just kind of want to hear their game plan and that kind of thing,” Cronk said. “Obviously Coach Campbell had a lot of success at Toledo and I want to know how he plans on translating that. From the offensive line, kind of seeing what they look for in an offensive tackle and that kind of thing, just all together their brand of football and how they operate.”
Cronk doesn’t currently have a timeline in mind for a decision but is focused on the four Power 5 offers as he proceeds and prepares for his coming trip.
“I don’t really have a timeline right now, but definitely it’s obviously getting closer and closer,” Cronk said. “Right now I’m just trying to find the right fit and that kind of thing.”