Iowa State Recruiting Trend Meter 3.0

Iowa State's 2016 class is near completion, but there are several parts still to be added in the next 72 to 96 hours leading up to National Signing Day. Here's where the Cyclones stand.

While Jalen Cochran at one point seemed to be an almost certain part of Iowa State's 2016 class, as time goes on the certainty is running thinner. Cochran has been between Iowa State and Miami (OH) for more than one week and said he still is as of now despite being offered by Arizona and visiting there this weekend. The sense is that Cochran would need to be blown away to consider Arizona, but there is a growing chance Iowa State could fill up and leave Cochran on the outside if he were to want to commit. The Cyclones would still love to add him, but his decision may need to come soon after the weekend to ensure him a spot. 

Announcement Date: Likely next week before Signing Day.

While the chances at landing JaQuan Bailey have seemed somewhat slim, there is a feeling that Iowa State isn't totally out, meaning it could be more 50/50 than a downward trend indicates. Bailey enjoyed his Iowa State trip by all accounts and the only two schools to conduct in-home visits in the final week were Iowa State and Virginia Tech, which leaves Tennessee in an uncertain place. JaQuan is at Virginia Tech for his final weekend and said it'll be a "hard decision" come Signing Day. If he wants to play with his brother, Joshua Bailey, the lone chance is looking to be in Ames.

Announcement Date: Signing Day.

Iowa State may very well be the favorite to land Joshua Bailey as it's unclear if he's a take at Tennessee, which, as mentioned above, didn't come in-home last week. He is not an option for Virginia Tech and doesn't appear to be considering UCF. Joshua has stated his desire to play with JaQuan, which would bring the two to Iowa State if agreed upon, but that might not totally be up to him. Nonetheless, if his weekend trip goes well, he could still be a solo take for the Cyclones on Signing Day. 

Announcement Date: Signing Day.

Iowa State is in good shape with receiver Calvin Jackson Jr., but the key would be if he's a take. That remains unclear as the Cyclones didn't stop in to see him last week following his official visit. Iowa State could still take an athlete or a sign-and-place receiver, but finding a scholarship spot in 2016 for one appears uncertain, which could mean Jackson Jr. will instead go to Toledo or Akron. If something changed, the Cyclones would likely be able to land the slot receiver if he isn't gone.

Announcement Date: Likely on Signing Day.

David Montgomery has apparently postponed his announcement to Signing Day, but all signs point to Iowa State landing the nation's No. 67 overall running back. Montgomery loved his weekend official visit from Jan. 22-24 and his family did too. Following an in-home visit with the Cyclones on Thursday night, Montgomery did not take a previously scheduled trip to Illinois this weekend and his recruitment is likely to go quiet until an annoucement. That means come Feb. 3, Iowa State running backs coach Louis Ayeni should land another weapon to his growing collection of young backs. 

Announcement Date: Signing Day.

For the sake of providing an explainer, tight end Pro Wells remains on this board. In reality, Wells will almost certainly end up elsewhere after the Cyclones landed the nation's No. 21 overall tight end Friday in Chase Allen. Iowa State was in good position with Wells and likely would have gotten a commitment if not for Allen, but the class has quickly filled up and with Allen and fellow tight end commit Dylan Soehner, the Cyclones simply don't have room to add Wells with other essential pieces still needed.

Announcement Date: Signing Day.

Iowa State is one of three finalists for Missouri guard/center Dylan Powell, but it's hard to say where the Cyclones stand. Powell visited Virginia Tech mid-week and will conclude his trips at Stanford during the weekend before deciding between Iowa State, Virginia Tech and Stanford with a silent commitment Monday and an announcement Tuesday. With his trips running up to the last minute, it's hard to gauge how they compare to his Jan. 15-17 trip to Ames. If Powell wants to stay close to home, Iowa State will be the obvious choice, but it remains to be seen how much of a factor that will be.

Announcement Date: February 1 with an announcment February 2.

Alaric Jackson seems destined to end up at Iowa, but Iowa State got what may have been his final visit. He doesn't appear likely to visit Nebraska and won't be visiting Michigan State it doesn't appear, though the Spartans could still make a push for the in-state talent. Jackson is friends with receiver commit Jalen Martin, but he also has a friend committed to Iowa and seems to be trending in that direction. The Cyclones' chances can be characterized as slim, but their chances at Chase Allen appeared that way for one span of time and anything in possible in this recruiting cycle. 

Announcement Date: Shortly before Signing Day.

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, most recently Thursday night when Matt Campbell was in. The key reason Iowa State could be in play to flip him from California is his brother Oge being at Iowa State, and Oge has told Chinedu he'd love to play with him. With last weekend's snowstorm postponing his trip to Cal, where he is committed, Udeogu will now be on his official visit to Cal this weekend, which could make it a race between Cal and Iowa State and leave Wake Forest out. The key factor in Chinedu's decision could rest on how his weekend goes.

Announcement Date: Unknown.

Iowa State was vying to get defensive end Kelvin Lucky's final visit, but he in not in Ames this weekend. He has visited UCF and Vanderbilt, and it isn't apparent who got his final trip. Louis Ayeni was in Alabama multiple times in recent weeks to see Lucky, his coach and family, but because Lucky was being driven by his mother on any potential trip, it made the jaunt to Iowa difficult to secure. Lucky has said he could commit to a school he doesn't visit, but it seems very unlikely and Iowa State will almost certainly be focusing its attention on other targets in the final days.

Announcement Date: Unknown.

Iowa State seemed to have a realistic chance at Chase Pine around New Year's, but it's almost 100 percent certain he'll remain with Pitt come Signing Day. There were plans to potentially have Matt Campbell see Pine on Friday, but it's currently unclear if that happened after Pitt had an in-home visit with him late in the week. If not, Pine is almost certainly not happening. If Campbell was in, the chances are still likely less than 50/50 for a Signing Day flip.

Announcement Date: If anything, Signing Day.

It's hard to say exactly where Iowa State stands with Florida defensive tackle Jarrod Hewitt, but Iowa State had four coaches at his house Wednesday night, including Matt Campbell. Hewitt, who visited Iowa State from Jan. 15-17, is at Virginia Tech for his final visit this weekend and is likely making a decision between Iowa State and Virginia Tech. When that decision will come isn't clear. Right now, it's 50/50 for the nation's No. 97 tackle.

Announcement Date: Unknown.

Following an in-home visit Thursday night with Iowa State cornerbacks coach D.K. McDonald, receiver Harry Ballard scheduled his Iowa State weekend official visit. Ballard has had some grade concerns, but has previously visited Illinois and Missouri and said he'll make a decision Monday between Iowa State, Illinois, Missouri and Maryland. If Ballard is a take, even as a placement guy, Iowa State appears to be in pretty good shape. The biggest question right now is whether or not Iowa State might take another receiver.

Announcement Date: February 1.

Iowa State brought in four-star athlete Deshaunte Jones for a visit in the final weekend and with its prior relationship from its time at Toledo, the staff now has a shot to land the versatile prospect. Jones will likely make a decision Monday following his final visit and appears to be between Georgia Tech, Cincinnati and Iowa State if his weekend trip to Ames goes well. The Cyclones' chances could hinge on the vision they sell Jones and what he and his mother think of the trip.

Announcement Date: Unknown.

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