Iowa State quickly identified Daytona Beach (Fla.) athlete Adrian Killins Jr. as a priority for its 2016 class and a dynamic athlete who could fit into a unique positions in its offense for several years to come.
Now the 5-foot-9, 170-pound speedster, who is committed to UCF, will get a closer look at Iowa State during his weekend official visit.
“You wouldn’t believe it, but the whole coaching staff [recruits me],” Killins said. “They DM me every day on Twitter. I talk to them every single day. They want me, they’re going to recruit me hard, they’re going to communicate well so they can establish a relationship. It’s a great relationship there at Iowa State.”
Killins is a dynamic athlete whose blazing speed and shiftiness make him a versatile athlete who can play out of the backfield or in the slot.
Iowa State is recruiting him to a well-defined, unique position.
“They call it the ‘M’ position,” Killins said of where Iowa State wants him. “They can put you at running back, slot receiver and a little bit of wildcat quarterback [plus] punt return and kickoff return. They just want to use me at various positions just to get the ball in my hands just so I can make plays.”
Killins, who committed to UCF on an unofficial visit before the dead period, will also visit Syracuse the final weekend of January before making a final decision. That decision isn’t likely to come until after all three visits, putting him up against Signing Day on Feb. 3 to announce his future home.
Iowa State has Killins, who is the No. 14 running back in Florida, high on its list and has conducted several school and in-home visits. Receivers coach Bryan Gasser is due in Thursday night for a visit before his weekend trip to Ames.
In Iowa, Killins wants to get a better feel for the Cyclones.
“I want to take away what they have in store from an academic standpoint. Football is going to be over at some point and I’ve got to use my education so I want to see what they have academically,” said Killins, who will major in business management. “On the football side of things, where would I be on the field and what do I have to do to get on the field?”