Iowa State has made a hard push for defensive end Angel Dominguez since the winter, and those efforts haven’t calmed in the months since.
The Cyclones received a visit from the 6-foot-3, 255-pound Overland Park (Kan.) native in mid-February, and their constant interest in the ensuing months pushed him to return for an overnight stay this past weekend.
“It was an amazing trip,” Dominguez said. “The overnight visit was real eye opening to how college life is and I had a really good time at the spring game. [I wanted to see] just how it is to be an Iowa State football player. That’s what I was really getting to know. I was with Carson Epps and I took from it that Iowa State football players are held to a higher standard and they are looked up to on campus.
"I can see myself being there, but then again I’m not sure yet.”
Dominguez currently holds offer from Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Kansas and Northern Illinois while the likes of Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas State, Nebraska and a host of others have shown varying interest early on.
As a junior last season, Dominguez tallied 79 tackles — including 17 ½ for a loss and 11 sacks — in a breakout season. The Cyclones were the first to offer Dominguez in early January and have been a constant in his recruitment since.
Iowa State sees the athletic Dominguez at defensive end and has him currently sitting atop their defensive board for the 2017 class. While that message has been evident, coach Matt Campbell shared it again during his latest trip.
“I got to have my own meeting with my dad and little brother, and his main message was that I’m their No. 1 guy on the defensive board,” Dominguez said. “He wants me leading the defense and [said] that I fit perfectly in their defense.”
Dominguez, who doesn’t have a timeline for a decision, is likely to take a trip to Oklahoma State next month and will also participate in multiple camps in the weeks ahead, which will continue to expose him to interested schools.
After two trips to Ames, he has a good feel for what Iowa State offers, and his family has been impressed with the visits too.
“They love it. They really enjoyed how many ISU fans there are,” Dominguez said. “It reminded them of our favorite NFL team, the Chiefs, and how crazy our fans are. It was awesome seeing how [many] fans there were at the spring game.”
That aspect will be one of many factors when his decision comes.
“I’m looking for a school that is going to take care of me and treat me like one of their own and push me to be the best football player I can be,” Dominguez said. “Then I want to see the love from the school to show that they want me to be part of something bigger, like winning bowl games.”