Where has the time gone?
Matt Campbell and his staff have been on the job for more than three weeks now, even if it feels like just yesterday that he was introducing himself to the Iowa State faithful. They've put out dozens of offers, have hosted more than a dozen prospects on visits and have been rewarded with nine official commitments to date plus one graduate transfer.
Even with a class currently standing at 14 prospects, Iowa State still has plenty of work left to be done. The Cyclones are likely aiming to add in the neighborhood of 10 more prospects to the class by the time Feb. 3 rolls around and the staff won't slow down for the holidays. Yet as Campbell heads off for Christmas, he and the staff undoubtedly have their wish list ready. Let's take a look at 10 of the (many) prospects who the staff is eyeing.
Sutton is the No. 3 outside linebacker in Pennsylvania and has offers from the likes of Boston College, Illinois, Maryland, Syracuse, West Virginia and Wisconsin among others. He's a hard-hitting linebacker who the Cyclones covet and he's already visited Ames. If you were to bet, the wise money would be on Sutton soon ending up a Cyclone. With Sutton, Iowa State would add one half of the #BruiseBrothers and an athletic defender who can play in space and who fits perfectly in Campbell's vision.
Speaking of the #BruiseBrothers, Part II of that duo is Pittsburgh commit Chase Pine. The athletic and physical Pine is committed to Pitt, but visited Iowa State recently primarily because of his longstanding relationship with Matt Campbell, who offered him early while at Toledo. Pine in the No. 1 outside linebacker in Virginia with offers from Cal, Minnesota, Syracuse, Virginia, West Virginia and Georgia among many others. The Cyclones strongly desire both he and Sutton and time will tell if they can land both.
The big 6-foot-7 tight end has been a priority for Iowa State since Campbell and assistant Alex Golesh arrived, but the task of landing him has gotten more difficult. While Allen was down to Minnesota and Iowa State just recently, with a trip to Ames on Jan. 15 likely going to be his final visit, the company has grown. Allen has added Michigan and Florida State to his list of offers that already included Minnesota, Iowa State, Illinois and Indiana, and his recruitment has become more complicated. Still, Allen lived in Ames while his father, Terry, was an assistant for Dan McCarney from 2002-05 and the Cyclones still have a chance to land their big fish at tight end.
One of Campbell's first offers upon his arrival in Ames was to Toledo receiver commit Jalen Martin. At 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Martin has good size and Iowa State likes his potential. Martin is still a soft verbal to Toledo, but has scheduled a visit to Iowa State for January and there's a good chance he could wind up a Cyclone by the time he leaves.
Then there's the other Jalen, this one a former Toledo commit on the defensive side of the ball. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Jalen Cochran is somewhat of a hybrid who can play linebacker and defensive end. He's got good speed off the edge and has potential to develop. Cochran was also one of the new staff's first offers at Iowa State and he, too, will visit in January. There's a good chance that much like Martin, he'll end up a Cyclone if things fall into place.
A four-star Minnesota decommit, Sean Foster is a lengthy offensive tackle with a plethora of Power 5 offers. Foster would be a huge get for Iowa State, and the Cyclones have accomplished the first step by scheduling him for a January visit. Foster has also visited Purdue since decommitting from Minnesota and Syracuse could now be in the mix too. Where he stands remains somewhat uncertain, but there is a feeling that Iowa State has a real chance at the talented tackle.
Trystan Castillo remains committed to Missouri, but he has strong intest in Iowa State after Missouri coach Gary Pinkel retired. Castillo has hosted Iowa State for an in-home visit and really likes offensive line coach Tom Manning. The Cyclones would love to get him to play center and will likely get a January visit. Minnesota is also involved and at present time it might be a three-way race between Minnesota, Missouri and Iowa State.
Despite rumors following his Iowa State official visit, cornerback Romelo Webster hasn't officially announced a commitment to Iowa State. There's a good chance he soon ends up a Cyclone, but he reamins on the wish list until he proceeds with his decison. Webster is a speedy defensive back who plays well in space. He was originally committed to Cinncinati and also holds offers from Pittsburgh and Oregon State. Much like Sutton, there's a good chance he dons the Cardinals and Gold.
Adrian Killins has incredible speed and Iowa State likes the idea of him being used in a similar fashion as Jarvis West. Killins is technically a running back but the Cyclones have talked to him about playing in the slot and out of the backfield while also retruning punts and kicks. While Iowa State offered him the same weekend he committed to UCF, Killins will likely give Iowa State a closer look and is intrigued by the Power 5 offer. Time will tell if they can land him, but he's certainly an exciting piece the staff hopes to flip.
6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive tackle Edrick Matthews committed to Toledo over West Virginia and remains committed to the Rockets. Nonetheless, Campbell and Co. have offered and are interested in the physical interior lineman. Matthews, who is the No. 61 defensive tackle in the 2016 class, is expected to visit in January, but it remains uncertain what Iowa State's chance are at flipping him.
The List Goes On...
Iowa State's wish list certainly goes on. There's a good chance the staff would like to add a JUCO quarterback and there are some high level targets on their minds too. There are guys like offensive lineman Alaric Jackson, receiver Harry Ballard and tight end Dylan Soehner. And prospects like defensive backs Marquis Smith and Brandon Drayton. You can see many more names on the board and this collection of 10 is just a sample.
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