The Lowdown: Iowa State hosted Richard Bowens III for a visit the first weekend of April when he made the 9-hour drive from Orchard Lake (Mich.) to get a closer look at one of the top schools in his mix. On Wednesday, Bowens pulled the trigger, committing to Iowa State over offers from the likes of Minnesota, Syracuse, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois and a handful of others. Bowens is ranked as the No. 38 overall cornerback in 2016 (fifth-best in the Midwest) and should fit perfect in Iowa State's 4-2-5 scheme.
Scouting Report: Long, lean cover man who is able to play up on the line and is comfortable in press coverage. Smooth, changes directions well and has the long arms to challenge passes. Can still get stronger, but is a solid if not overwhelming tackler. A generally good athlete but can still improve on his overall speed as well. — Allen Trieu
Quotable: "This last visit was huge for me and my dad. We were sold on Iowa State and if it wasn't for that visit I wouldn't have been making a decision this early. Some things that I've seen that people wouldn't expect are the facilities and how big the college really is. 'There's not much to do' is what people say but Iowa State is all there is to do. It's the highlight of the state. They're like a pro team because they have no pro teams there."
The Lowdown: Tyler Jost visited Iowa State in late February, netting an offer from the Cyclones on that trip. Jost, who is the top-ranked tackle in Illinois in 2017 (No. 55 overall), has been trending toward Iowa State since that winter trip and committed to Matt Campbell and Co. on Thursday, the first day of his three-day return trip to Ames. Jost is a big, talented tackle prospect who Iowa State thinks could have versatility on the line. He committed to Iowa State over offers from the likes of Syracuse, Western Michigan, Toledo, Bowling Green and Wyoming among others.
Scouting Report: Tall, lean kid at 6-6, 265. Has the frame to fill in. Solid athlete. Balanced, keeps his feet, shows he can make blocks on the second level. Still getting stronger and his pass protection technique is still coming along, but he also finishes his blocks and plays to the whistle. — Allen Trieu
Quotable: "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. 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 Lowdown: After Iowa State offered Breydon Boyd in late January, he flew to Ames with family for a late-February visit. With things trending toward Iowa State, Boyd made a return visit with his family for the spring game weekend and committed following the spring game Saturday. Boyd is ranked as the No. 19 overall inside linebacker in 2017, including the fifth-best in the Midlands, and Iowa State thinks he could play any of its three linebacker spots. He had a dozen other offers before choosing the Cyclones.
Scouting Report: Breydon Boyd is a physical, big-framed linebacker who best projects to a 3-4 inside/4-3 middle linebacker position at the FBS level. Great height and length suggest that he possesses high frame potential with ample space to add good bulk. Excellent downhill player who thrives against the run. Strong enough to engage and shed blockers to make plays on the ball. Can deliver a big hit but also consistently sound as a wrap-and-drag tackler. — Gabe Brooks
Quotable: "They’ve treated me like I’m their own and I love that. I’m a big family guy, that’s what I’ve grown up around, that’s what my dad has always taught me is, ‘Family, family, family.’ They’re like family. It’s a lot like Katy. That’s all we’ve got at Katy is high school football... The atmosphere is a lot the same as our home setting."