Leshaun Minor has been on visits, but his trip to Iowa State provided a new experience he had not yet encountered during his recruitment.
During his weekend trip to Ames, the Indianapolis Ben Davis defensive tackle sat down with Iowa State defensive line coach Eli Rasheed, who proceeded to project his highlights on the screen in the film room at the Bergstrom Football Complex.
“He broke down the film to me,” Minor said. “That’s what I really liked about the visit. I’ve never had a coach take me into the film room, sit down [and] break down my film. He showed me a better way to better myself and get my game better.”
Minor, who is ranked as the No. 39 overall defensive tackle in 2017, including the top-ranked in Indiana and the fifth-best in the Midwest, added an offer from the Cyclones in early March. He also holds offers from Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Toledo, Western Michigan, Ball State and Miami (OH).
Iowa State hadn’t been in contact prior to notifying Minor’s coach of the offer some seven weeks ago, but has developed a relationship since.
“They like my motor, how I use my hands, how I come off the ball and I play on the other side of the ball. That’s what they really like about me. They said I really fit in,” Minor said. “They didn’t really tell me, but I’d probably best fit at D-tackle.”
The Cyclones view the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Minor as playing the three- or five-tech defensive tackle spot at the collegiate level. Minor recorded 61 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles, an interception for a touchdown and six batted passes as a junior last fall at Ben Davis.
After visiting in-state Indiana earlier this spring, the weekend visit to Ames helped Minor get a better feel for a program that is now moving up his list.
“I didn’t know a lot about Iowa State,” Minor said, “but after this visit it really opened my eyes and made me like it even more.”
Minor doesn’t have any other spring visits set but said Minnesota is on his list of visits he plans to eventually schedule. Though he doesn’t anticipate making a decision until after his season, he said Iowa State, Indiana and Minnesota are the three early favorites.
“With the one visit to Indiana, that school was really high to me. Then I went down to Iowa State and they’re really up there now,” Minor said. “Those three schools are the only ones that are really sticking out to me right now. I just have to keep visiting other schools to see how it suits me.”