Iowa State has made its interest in Overland Park (Kan.) defensive end Angel Dominguez quite apparent, and that interest only became more clear when the explosive lineman visited campus earlier this month.
The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Dominguez, who now holds offers from Iowa State, Kansas and Northern Illinois, is one of the Cyclones’ defensive line priorities for 2017 and learned as much when he stopped in town Feb. 13.
“They told me that I’m one of the top priorities in recruiting in the 2017 class,” Dominguez said of the message from Iowa State. “Even Coach [Eli] Rasheed told me I’m the No. 1 prospect at the D-end spot. They really want me really badly. We’re always talking just every other day, just small talk on Twitter.”
Iowa State views the explosive and athletic Dominguez as a true defensive end. As a junior last season, Dominguez tallied 79 tackles, including 17 ½ for a loss and 11 sacks, in what proved to be a breakout season.
Dominguez has also drawn interest from Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois in the early stage of his recruitment. He has now visited Oklahoma State and Iowa State and plans to camp at several schools this summer.
His Iowa State trip provided a chance to build his relationships.
“It was awesome. I got there around 2 p.m. and I didn’t leave until like 9:30 p.m. after the basketball game. We toured the whole entire facilities and I just talked to about every single coach in the office,” Dominguez said. “We sat with Coach [Matt] Campbell for a good 20 minutes just talking one-on-one. He’s a great guy. He was just saying that they want me really bad and I’d be a major leader in the defense and help them win some games.”
Iowa State was Dominguez’s first offer on Jan. 9 with Northern Illinois and Kansas following in the weeks since. Dominguez will attend Kansas’ Junior Day on March 5 and currently plans to camp at Iowa State, Illinois and Oklahoma State this summer, though his plans aren’t finalized. He'll also attend The Opening camp run by Nike.
For now, Dominguez is continuing to get a better feel for schools and building relationships as his recruitment heats up.
“Right now I’m just enjoying it,” Dominguez said. “Iowa State, they’re showing me the most love. Like I said, we talk every other day. It’s been really great. I’m really starting to like their staff a lot. I just want to be comfortable and know that they’re going to take care of me.”