There was already some familiarity for Libertyville (Ill.) offensive lineman Tyler Jost when Iowa State reached out to him on the final week of February and invited him to town for a weekend visit days later.
The 6-foot-6 lineman, who is ranked as the No. 55 overall tackle in the 2017 class, had heard from Matt Campbell and the Toledo staff during his junior season, netting an offer from the Rockets early in the process. That relationship, in time, carried over to Iowa State, and by the time Jost left his late-February visit, the Cyclones had joined his list of offers.
“I had a meeting with Coach Campbell when I arrived on campus and he just said, ‘Tyler, we would like to extend you an offer on behalf of the entire Iowa State football program,’” Jost said of his visit. “It was just an amazing feeling because I have the utmost respect for Coach Campbell. He’s just a very honest guy and he’s got a great attitude and I know this program is headed in the right direction.”
Jost also holds offers from the likes of Syracuse, Western Michigan, Toledo, Bowling Green, Wyoming and several others in addition to Iowa State. He visited Arizona for a spring practice during his spring break and has multiple April trips scheduled.
Jost will return to Iowa State for a second visit from April 14-16 where he’ll see a spring practice and then the spring game on his final day in town. He is also scheduled to visit Michigan State later in the month from April 22-23.
The offer from Iowa State during his first trip to campus wasn’t totally surprising but being his first Power 5 offer, it carried significance.
“I knew that they liked my tape before and [Campbell] told me, ‘When I got on campus I watched your tape again and I liked it just as much as when I was at Toledo,’” Jost said. “At Toledo I got it and now I just got it from Iowa State. So it was the same coaching staff that extended the offer. I’m just very excited about this offer.”
Jost doesn’t have a timeline for a decision but will continue to get a feel for schools this spring. Iowa State will use the 2017 class to continue to rebuild the offensive line, and Jost is one of several prospects on its shortlist.
Offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Tom Manning sat with Jost during his visit to look at how the soon-to-be senior could fit in.
“He did watch my highlight tape with me, so that was a really cool experience. He just looked at my tape with me and he gave me some critiques on my form and I listened because he’s just a very good coach and I’m definitely going to apply it to my game next season,” Jost said. “He just said, ‘Tyler, you’re an athletic kid and we like you.’ He didn’t really talk in specifics about [position], but he just told me he likes my play and that hopefully I may be a Cyclone.”