Iowa Western C.C. Trio Headed to Ames For Early Unofficial Visits

While Iowa State has put emphasis on in-state recruiting for 2017, that extends well past just high school prospects around the state. The Cyclones are focused on several JUCO prospects from Iowa Western C.C. in the 2017 class as well.

Iowa State's 2017 class has been kickstarted by two in-state commitments and the Cyclones have prioritized several other Iowans for the class as well. The emphasis on in-state recruiting also extends to the vaunted Iowa Western C.C. football program, where Iowa State has identified several JUCO prospects as 2017 priorities. 

On Saturday, has learned, three of those prospects will be in Ames for unofficial visits to campus. All three prospects are former Division I talents — two from FBS institutions and one fron an FCS institution — who are now enrolled at Iowa Western set to play next fall. Here's a look at each of the targets.

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Jeff Jones | Running Back | Past: Minnesota

Iowa State recruited Jeff Jones out of Minneapolis (Minn.) in the 2014 class when the four-star high school prosect — ranked as the No. 78 overall running back in 2014 — ultimately stayed home to play for the Minnesota Gophers. Jones also had offers from the likes of Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin and several others out of high school.

Iowa State was in decent shape with the 6-foot, 210-pound Jones late in his recruitment before he stayed home. Jones redshirted his freshman season at Minnesota and appeared in only three games last fall due to migranes and other issues. He transferred to Iowa Western in late January and was offered by Iowa State earlier this month. While Jones was moved around at Minnesota, Iowa State is expected to recruit him as a running back.

Minnesota could be interested in bringing Jones back too.

Datrin Guyton | Receiver | Past: Oregon State

Receiver Datrin Guyton arrived at Iowa Western this semester after previously being at Oregon State. The 6-foot-5 Guyton, who signed with Oregon State in the 2014 class out of Austin (Texas), redshirted in 2014 before tallying 14 receptions for 178 yards in eight games last fall as a redshirt freshman. Guyton was dismissed from the school in early November for a "violation of athletic department and team rules." Oregon State coach Gary Andersen said at the time he'd help Guyton land on his feet after making a mistake.

Guyton is a talented, long receiver who will play at Iowa Western this fall before being eligible to transfer with two years to play two. Iowa State offered him earlier this month.

Andrew Van Ginkel | Defensive End | Past: South Dakota

Iowa State has hopes to continue to bolster its defensive line with the 2017 class, and those hopes extend to Andrew Van Ginkel. Originally from Rock Valley (Iowa), Van Ginkel signed with FCS South Dakota in the 2014 class. After redshirting that initial season, Van Ginkel emerged as a redshirt freshman, leading the Missouri Valley with nine sacks and 18 tackles for a loss en route to being named Missouri Valley Freshman of the Year.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Van Ginkel transferred to Iowa Western this semester, apparently to play next fall and be able to then play his final two seasons as a higher-level FBS program. Van Ginkel could end up with several options after both Iowa State and Minnesota offered this month. 

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