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A Look at Matt Campbell's First 30 Days

Iowa State has been busy on the recruiting trail since Matt Campbell was introduced 30 days ago. Here's a closer look at the new Iowa State coach's first month on the job.

When Matt Campbell stood at the podium on Day 1 he pondered what the pending two months ahead might look like leading up to National Signing Day.

“Chaos,” Campbell finally offered. “That’s probably the best answer.”

“Not a lot of sleep,” he continued. “We’re going to hit the ground running as fast as we can go because I don’t want to miss an opportunity to go out and go in the homes and sell what we have to offer. So we’re going to get it done. It’s about work ethic and our coaches are going to work as hard or harder than anybody in the country, so we’re going to get it done. That’s our choice.”

Even before he stood at that podium Campbell was already handing out offers, and they continued to flood out in the ensuing days. More than two dozen 2016 offers came out in those initial days and they’ve now paid dividends.

Campbell and Co. have been on the recruiting trail for 30 days in an attempt to build nearly an entire recruiting class in some 65 total days. Now almost halfway to that Feb. 3 finish line, the 2016 class is more than halfway complete.

The Cyclones had 12 commits the day Campbell was introduced and have mutually parted with seven of them, only to now find themselves with 17 in the class. In a 20-day span — from the first visit weekend through Christmas — Campbell and his staff received 12 commitments and landed a graduate transfer.

Of the 14 official visitors to date, 10 have given a pledge to Iowa State.

When Campbell arrived at Iowa State, the program was ranked No. 84 in the national recruiting rankings, partially because of a small class. As of Christmas, when the Cyclones landed commits Nos. 16 and 17, Iowa State had moved to No. 64.

The jump has come thanks in large part to 12 commitments under Campbell’s watch combined with the five Paul Rhoads commits the staff hopes to retain. Iowa State has landed two top-50 players at their position in quarterback Zeb Noland and defensive end Eyioma Uwazurike as well as two top-100 junior college prospects in Oge Udeogu (No. 79) and Lonnie Johnson (No. 91).

“I like to recruit,” Campbell has said. “You win with players and getting on that recruiting trail early was really important to me.”

The final 35 days ahead will be equally as important as the first 30.

The Cyclones will again hit homes and schools when the dead period is lifted Jan. 14 with a massive recruiting weekend coming Jan. 15-17 and important visit weekends to follow that in the final two weekends of January.

Iowa State will more than likely end up at or around 25 prospects in the 2016 class, meaning it likely has no fewer than eight more commitments coming in the next five weeks. With their eyes set on a number of highly-regarded prospects who are set to land in Ames for visits next month, the Cyclones are in for yet one more chaotic recruiting stretch.

The 12 Matt Campbell Commits


 Tymar Sutton

OLB 6'0" 209
McKeesport, PA

 Romelo Webster

CB 5'10.5" 168
Hallandale, FL

 Lonnie Johnson

CB 6'3" 190
Garden City C.C. (Kan.)

 Zeb Noland

QB 6'3" 215
Watkinsville, GA

 Eyioma Uwazurike

DE 6'5" 245
Lathrup Village, MI

 Thaddeus Daniels

CB 6'2" 190 Cerritos College (Calif.)

 Josh Mueller

OL 6'6" 260
Mequon, WI

 Karson Green

OT 6'5" 280 NEO A&M College (Okla.)

 D'Andre Payne

CB 5'10" 180 Arizon Western C.C.

 Kene Nwangwu

RB 6'0" 173
Frisco, TX

 Oge Udeogu

OG 6'4" 310
City College of San Francisco

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