Cincinnati Safety Keontae Jones Gets Closer Look at Iowa State

Cincinnati Colerain safety Keontae Jones has major interest across the Midwest and continues to sort through his options. During the weekend he stopped at Iowa State, where his brother is a signee.

If there has been one constant at Cincinnati Colerain in recent seasons it has been the leadership and production of brothers Deshaunte and Keontae Jones.

This summer, Deshaunte, who was a four-star prospect in the 2016 class ranked as the No. 57 overall receiver, will head to Iowa State to continue his career. The Cyclones hope that Keontae, the No. 42 safety in 2017, will follow suit next year. 

“It would be very interesting [playing with him],” Keontae said. “It would be a great experience for me and him because we would have someone on campus, someone we can trust and go to on and off the field for help.” 

The Iowa State coaching staff has been recruiting Keontae for a year and a half dating back to coach Matt Campbell’s time at Toledo and offered him within the first week after arriving in Ames late last year. 

During the weekend, Keontae visited Ames with his brother.

“I’ve had a relationship with Coach Campbell and Coach [Jon] Heacock and Coach [Bryan] Gasser for a long time, since late sophomore year maybe,” Keontae said. “[They think] I bring leadership to the table and I have a good work ethic and that I could help the program out and be a big impact.

“They have a good business building and I really like their facility.” 

Keontae holds a number of major offers, including ones from Iowa, Indiana, Louisville, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Illinois, West Virginia and several others in addition to Iowa State. He stopped to visit Iowa on his return home Sunday. 

While playing with Deshaunte at the collegiate level might not be his primary factor, the elder has shared his experiences with Keontae. 

“He said he liked the campus, the facilities were nice and he had a good relationship with the coaches,” Keontae said of what Deshaunte told him before the trip. “He just said, ‘Take it step by step,’ and go somewhere that’s best for me.” 

Iowa State, meanwhile, has shared its thoughts with Keontae too, most recently when he sat with Campbell for a 15-minute conversation during his weekend trip. 

“His message was that I could be a good impact to the school, that I could lead the school into what they’re going through and they’re going to win more games [and] I could be a leader for the defense,” Keontae said. 

Iowa State likes Keontae at its strong safety position and Heacock also sat with him during the weekend to look at where he might fit. 

“They play like a nickel defense and I could be the strong safety I think,” Keontae said. “I watched some of their spring game and I saw the ‘star’ or whatever, the position, he said I would probably play closer to the line and they play a little man and sometimes they blitz.” 

Iowa, Iowa State and Indiana, in no particular order, stand out as Keontae’s early leaders, he said Sunday following his two weekend visits. 

While he doesn’t currently have any other spring visits set in stone, he may visit Michigan State for next weekend’s spring game. His summer will be geared less toward a college decision and more toward helping Colerain.

“I wanted to try to [make a decision] in the summer but I don’t think I’m going to be able to, so I’ll probably have to wait until after football season [to decide],” Keontae said. “I’m going to be more focused on my high school season [this summer] and try to get us a state championship.”


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