Dylan Soehner felt he had already seen enough.
The 6-foot-7, 260-pound tight end out of Prairie Grove (Ark.) has between focused on his offers from Iowa State, Illinois and Purdue as of late, but following his first official visit during the weekend to Iowa State, he wasn't sure if he needed to stop anywhere else. Less than 24 hours later, Soehner made that thought official by commiting to Iowa State on Monday.
“As far as the coaching staff goes, man, they’re great dudes,” Soehner said of the Cyclones. “I’ve never seen anything like it before. [They’re] hands-down the greatest coaching staff in the country and I believe that. It’s crazy.”
Soehner, whose team advanced to the Arkansas State Championship this season, quickly became a priority for Iowa State at the tight end position following coach Matt Cambpell’s arrival, and tight ends coach Alex Golesh visited within days.
Soehner continued to emerge during his senior season at Prairie Grove and combined for 10 catches in the state quarterfinals and semifinals while splitting out wide and playing out of the backfield in addition to the tight end spot.
Iowa State likes his measurables and thinks he could provide versatility.
“They kind of want to do a little bit of everything,” Soehner said. “[Coach Golesh] said he wants to focus on what I’m good at and do those things a lot with me this first year. Then the following spring we’ll actually have time to develop some good things that maybe I’m not as good at. In the Big 12 not that many tight ends get used that often so there are a lot of defensive nickel and dime guys in there and it’s a nightmare of a matchup for the defense, so he is telling me we can have a little bit of everything.”
Soehner was set to visit Illinois from Jan. 22-24 and hosted Purdue and Illinois for visits last Thursday ahead of his Iowa State trip, but has instead decided to shut down his recruitment. Golesh will stop in to see Soehner's basketball game Tuesday and Campbell is expected to stop in to do the same next week.
For now, Soehner has finally settled on his future home.
“Coach Campbell actually talked to me before I left and he was like, ‘Well, you’re my No. 1 guy and once I know I got you, I can stop recruiting the position. But if we can’t get you, then I need to get somebody because we don’t have anybody,’” Soehner said. “He’s not promising me playing time, because you really don’t want to do that, but he’s telling me that if I put in the work and if I develop enough over the next 6-7 months, he said don’t be surprised if you find yourself playing in the Big 12.”