When all is said and done, Pittsburg (Kan.) tight end Trevor Kent will have his pick of schools across the Midwest to choose from.
That list, which is rapidly expanding, includes Iowa State.
The Cyclones began contact with the 2017 prospect early on after the new staff arrived late last year and have prioritized him since. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Kent is currently atop Iowa State’s wishlist at the position.
“I think I have 20 or so of them that follow me on Twitter and I’d say the main ones who are recruiting me are Coach [Tyson] Veidt and Coach [Alex] Golesh, but all of them message me,” Kent said of Iowa State. “Coach [Matt] Campbell messages or calls me once a week. I talk to the other guys all the time. I definitely feel like I’m one of their top guys [in 2017].”
Iowa State was thin at the tight end position when Campbell and Co. arrived, but quickly began to bolster it with the addition of JUCO Cliff Fernandez and high school prospects Dylan Soehner and Chase Allen in 2016. The Cyclones may only take one tight end in 2017, allowing them to be selective.
So their eyes are set squarely on Kent.
Kent also holds offers from the likes of Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State and Vanderbilt. In an effort to sort through his hectic recruitment, Kent is currently spending weekends taking visits, including one to Iowa State on Feb. 13.
“It was really informative,” Kent said of his trip. “I’ve been there twice for camp and then for a football game this last year. This time when I got to go up there, Coach Golesh took my on a tour to some of the actual academic stuff, so we went to the business campus and went over to engineering. That was the first time I got to really look at the academic side.”
As a priority target, Kent arrived early and met one-on-one with coaches.
“I got up there probably an hour or two prior to all the other recruits,” Kent said. “I had a 40-minute talk with Coach Golesh and Coach Campbell and my family in Coach Campbell’s office talking about why they’re recruiting me, what they’re doing up there, why they like me, that sort of stuff. Coach Golesh kind of spent the rest of the day mainly with me.”
Kent visited Missouri this past weekend and will go to Kansas this weekend followed by Northwestern. He has already visited Kansas State. The junior plans to camp at some schools this summer mostly to get a closer look at more schools as offers roll in.
Iowa State is among those schools in the running for Kent, especially with the new staff’s emphasis on the tight end position in the offense.
“They really like how physical I am and how I play the game. I don’t have a lot of experience with receiving just because how my offense is, but they think they could really turn me into a threat across the middle of the field and blocking,” Kent said of Iowa State. “They talked about how the last coaching staff didn’t really recruit the tight end position very much so they really need to build it up.”
Kent doesn’t have a timeline for narrowing his options or making a decision as he still wades through his hectic recruitment.
“I’m trying to see as many places as I can before I make my decision,” Kent said. “I want to find the best place for me.”