During Libertyville (Ill.) offensive tackle Tyler Jost's first trip to Iowa State six weeks ago, the highly rated prospect netted an offer.
On the first day of his second trip Thursday, Jost paved the way for his future.
“I just really fell in love with the school in February and I’ve been thinking about it this whole past month and I was really looking forward to this trip for awhile now,” Jost said. “I wasn’t really looking at it like I was rushing the commitment, I was just ready to commit and I was really excited and I knew I didn’t need more time to decide.”
The commitment of Jost gives the Cyclones a 6-foot-6 offensive tackle who is ranked as the No. 55 overall tackle in 2017 and the top-rated tackle in Illinois. Jost held offers from the likes of Syracuse, Western Michigan, Toledo, Bowling Green and Wyoming among others before committing and was scheduled to visit Michigan State next weekend.
There will be no need for any more trips.
As the first day of his three-day return trip to Ames began to wind down Thursday, Jost sat in offensive coordinator Tom Manning’s office with his family and the group summoned coach Matt Campbell to join them.
“I wanted to tell them personally when I was on this trip and they were really, really, really excited when I told them I wanted to play for them,” Jost said of his commitment. “It was a really good reaction.”
Jost’s commitment is a continuation of Iowa State's work to rebuild its offensive line through this 2017 recruiting class. The Cyclones already had commitments from 2017 linemen Colin Newell and Jeff Nogaj before Jost committed Thursday and are likely to add at least one more lineman before next February.
Iowa State’s interest in Jost has been two-fold.
“[Coach Manning] just told me they like me athletically and physically on the field but they also like how I act off the field and they like how I’m a nice, academic-minded kid,” Jost said. “He can see me playing any position on the offensive line. There’s really not one set position that he can see me playing for Iowa State.”
In Jost, Iowa State gets a tough prospect with a big frame who should continue to develop into his body and add more weight. Manning made it clear in February he wanted to work with Jost, and now he'll be given that opportunity next year.
The two have already discussed minor tweaks Jost can make to improve during his senior season before he arrives at Iowa State, but his decision centered on more than coaching. Jost was particularly impressed when every Iowa State coach messaged him on Twitter on his birthday early last month.
So on his second trip to Ames, he cemented his future home.
“I just knew it was the right time and it was just a really easy decision for me with Iowa State,” Jost said. “I loved the coaches, [it’s a] great community in Ames, great academics, great academic support staff.
“So really for me it was an easy decision.”