Iowa State Recruiting Trend Meter 1.0

AllCyclones takes a look at where Iowa State is sitting with some of its targets as it closes out the 2016 class.

Iowa State offensive line target and Missouri commit Trystan Castillo has narrowed his list to three with a decision to come shortly. Indications, though, are that Castillo will hold strong to his commitment to Missouri when he announces his pick from his three finalists — Missouri, Minnesota and Iowa State — sometime Wednesday. Missouri getting his last visit during the past weekend could have been key and he started trending that direction Saturday.

Announcement Date: Wednesday, January 27.

Things are still trending in Iowa State's direction for hybrid linebacker/defensive end Jalen Cochran out of Michigan who this Iowa State staff has recruited since his sophomore season. Cochran visited Jan. 15-17 and it's somewhat surprising he hasn't yet picked the Cyclones over Miami (OH). Rated as the No. 32 overall outside linebacker in 2016, Cochran was expected to announce his decision Sunday before postponing it. It's possible he's seeing who else might enter his picture after his finals. 

Announcement Date: Unknown.

Iowa State would really like to land UCF commit Adrian Killins and use him at what it has described to him as the 'M' position where he'd play in the slot, out of the backfield and some at wildcat while also serving as the team's kick and punt returner. Killins must still visit Syracuse from Jan. 29-31, and it remains uncertain where Iowa State stands following his weekend trip. What seems likely is that Killins will decide after next weekend between UCF, Iowa State and Syracuse. 

Announcement Date: Unknown.

The Cyclones aren't out on JaQuan Bailey and have paid him a lot of attention in the last two weeks, but things are trending in the direction of Tennessee, where he visited Jan. 15-17 and may have committed had he not been waiting until Signing Day. With that said, he has a good relationship with Iowa State and it will get a weekend to impress him as he visits with his brother, Joshua, from Jan. 29-31 before making his decision three days later.

Announcement Date: Signing Day.

The chances of landing Joshua Bailey are likely tied to his brother, JaQuan. There's a good chance the two will attend the same school as of now and Joshua has reportedly been offered by Tennessee as well, where he visited with his brother from Jan. 15-17. If JaQuan ends up in Ames, Joshua is likely to as well. Right now, that recruitment is thus trending toward the Volunteers, but that could change with a good weekend visit to Iowa State. 

Announcement Date: Signing Day.

By all accounts, receiver Calvin Jackson Jr. had a good trip to Iowa State from Jan. 22-24, one week after he visited Toledo. There's no clear timetable for a decision, but it would appear as though Iowa State is currently in pretty good shape if it does indeed take another receiver in the class. 

Announcement Date: Uknown.

Iowa State offered Cinncinati running back David Montgomery in the final two weeks before Signing Day and currently appears to be competing against Illinois, though others could still enter the mix late. Montgomery's visit appeared to go well but he will now head to Illinos this weekend to compare the schools. 

Announcement Date: Likely February 1 or 2.

Had tight end Chase Allen not blown up during the first week of the dead period, Iowa State would be in good (or at least decent) position to land the nation's No. 21 tight end. Instead, Allen exploded with Power 5 offers and is leaning Michigan as his decision nears. The one positive for Iowa State is that it will get Allen on campus for 24-48 hours on Monday and Tuesday and will have one shot to sway him. Barring that, though, Allen appears destined to end up in Ann Arbor. 

Announcement Date: Uknown.

Iowa State is in good shape to land tight end Pro Wells, who will potentially be used more like current Iowa State receiver D'Vario Montgomery than as a tight end. The Cyclones have talked about plans to split Wells out wide. He's currently leaning Iowa State in a mix of UCF, Iowa State and Marshall but won't announce until Signing Day. A lot could change in that span, including the possibility of the Cyclones filling up. For now, they're in a good spot if they have room.

Announcement Date: Signing Day.

Iowa State is one of three finalists for Missouri guard/center Dylan Powell but will face stiff competition in the final nine days. Stanford offered last week after Powell was accepted and Virginia Tech is the other finalist. Powell will visit Virginia Tech later this week and then Stanford over the weekend before likely making a decision shortly after the weekend. He enjoyed his trip to Ames, but it's hard to say how these late visits will affect things. If Iowa State can land Trystan Castillo, it may fill up on the O-line. 

Announcement Date: Potentially February 1.

Alaric Jackson seems destined to end up at Iowa or Nebraska, whichever doesn't land Matt Farniok, but Iowa State is getting a visit so they're somewhere in the mix, even if on the outside looking in. This would probably take some weird happenings elsewhere, but he is friends with WR commit Jalen Martin.

Announcement Date: Unknown.

Iowa State has a true shot to land Chinedu Udeogu, but it all depends how he feels when his visits are done. He enjoyed his trip to Ames and Iowa State coaches have made their interest apparent with stops in Maryland to see him. The key reason Iowa State could be in play to flip him from California is his brother Oge being at Iowa State. Oge has made his interest in playing with Chinedu clear on social media, but it remains to be seen if that'll entice him to flip. First, he needs to visit Wake Forest from Jan. 29-31 before making a final decision soon after.

Announcement Date: Unknown.

The chances at landing JUCO defensive end Justin Stewart appear favorable for Iowa State if it can get him on campus from Jan. 29-31. Stewart just visited New Mexico, but seems excited by his recent Iowa State offer late last week. Stay tuned on this one. 

Announcement Date: Unknown.

Iowa State is vying to get defensive end Kelvin Lucky's final visit, but because his mother will be driving, it's somewhat of a crapshoot if the Cyclones will. He has visited UCF and Vanderbilt and now has one more trip the weekend of Jan. 29-31. Lou Ayeni has been by to see Lucky, his family and coach twice in as many weeks and Lucky admitted he doesn't need to necesarily visit a school to pick them. He has a range of Power 5 offers, so this could go in any direction. For now, the Cyclones have a shot. 

Announcement Date: Unknown.

Things were looking good, or at least very plausible, on the Chase Pine front during the dead period, but his trip to Pitt from Jan. 15-17 may have sealed the deal. Iowa State is still interested, but it's hard to say if they have any sort of shot after Pine publicly reaffirmed his commitment. 

Announcement Date: If anything, Signing Day.

It's hard to say exactly where Iowa State stands with Florida defensive tackle Jarrod Hewitt as he's been pretty quiet with his recruitment in recent weeks after visiting Ames from Jan. 15-17. He is set to visit Virginia Tech the final weekend of January before a decision and it could ultimately come down to those two schools. So right now, it's 50/50 for the nation's No. 97 tackle. 

Announcement Date: Unknown.

Things have been relatively quiet on the Harry Ballard front since Iowa State offered him in mid-December, but with the 6-foot-2 receiver announcing Sunday that he would visit Iowa State from Jan. 29-31, it's looking like he could still be in the mix. Whether Iowa State adds more than one more receiver is uncertain, but the list seems to be whittled down to a few meaning if Iowa State doesn't fill up and he does indeed visit, the Cyclones are probably in pretty good shape.

Announcement Date: Unknown.

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