When Hallandale (Fla.) defensive back Romelo Webster arrived at the airport in Des Moines two weeks ago, linebackers coach Tyson Veidt was waiting for him and one other prospect.
Friday, Webster became the second of the two to give the Cyclones a Christmas commitment when he made his pledge official.
“Coach [Matt] Campbell was always my hardest recruiter even when I committed to Cincinnati,” Webster said. “So for him to move to another school and the next day touch bases with me and tell me he wanted me to be part of the program that really went a long way for me because I know I’m a priority to him and he would take care of me.”
The 5-foot-11 Webster decommitted from Cincinnati one day after he officially visited Iowa State in mid-December and Friday he committed just hours after fellow commit and airport partner Tymar Sutton announced his decision.
The two may now be freshman roommates.
“We clicked on the whole ride to Iowa State,” Webster said of Sutton. “Like I said, great people. He’s a great guy and I can see myself definitely playing defense with him.”
In Webster, Iowa State lands a versatile defensive back with good closing speed. Webster, who had offers from Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Oregon State and others, has been primarily a safety in high school and Iowa State believes he could play safety or cornerback depending on how his body fills out.
Campbell, who recruited Webster hard while at Toledo, offered him within 24 hours of arriving in Ames. That relationship helped make the difference.
“Of course I knew it was Big 12, I knew I would be seeing great facilities and things of that nature, but it was the people and the culture around the campus and around the school that made me feel like I would be set and good there for the next four years,” Webster said. “I was always told, ‘Go where you feel most wanted.’ After I took my visit I knew I could see myself at Iowa State even if I wasn’t playing football. So I knew that was a good sign.”
Next step? Reuniting with Sutton with the hope of turning Iowa State around.
“I saw what [Coach Campbell] did previously with Toledo, so as he made the move I knew it was really something I’d like to be a part of,” Webster said. “I’d love to help him turn that program around.”