The first time Overland Park (Kan.) defensive end Angel Dominguez visited Iowa State, defensive line coach Eli Rasheed had a message for him.
“You’re my guy,” Rasheed told him, “I want you.”
Iowa State continued to give Domginuez that message over and over and over again in the months that followed, and Monday morning he had heard enough. After working out in front of Rasheed at St. Thomas Aquinas early Monday, Domginuez left and called his father.
“I was like, ‘This is what I want to do. That’s where I want to spend the next four years,’” Domginuez told him. “Coach Rasheed made me a top priority since he offered me and they really think I can change their defense and help lead it. I’m just really excited.”
The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Dominguez, who held additional offers from Oklahoma State, Kansas and Northern Illinois, called Matt Campbell on Monday night to give him the news: Iowa State’s top defensive line priority is now locked in.
Dominguez, who was also receiving interest from Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas State, Nebraska and a host of others before committing, tallied 79 tackles — including 17 ½ for a loss and 11 sacks — in a breakout season last fall en route to First-Team All-State honors.
Iowa State has had Dominguez atop its defensive board since it offered in January and now has him locked in as the 10th commit in the 2017 class. Domginuez most recently visited for Iowa State’s spring game, which left him in awe.
“The fans are awesome,” Dominguez said. “There were 15,000 people at a spring game. Imagine when an actual game starts.
"I feel like I can make a difference.”
Domginuez saw something else from Rasheed.
“When I saw him coach, it’s like my dad coaching me,” Domginuez said. “My dad has coached me all my life and that’s what I see in Coach Rasheed. He acts just like my dad.”
Dominguez was likely to visit Oklahoma State next month and attend camps this summer for added exposure, but those plans are now unnecessary. He’ll soon attend Nike’s The Opening and the Rivals camp in Kansas City.
With his decision Monday, he’ll also spend more time in Ames.
“It just felt right. That’s where I want to be and where I want to spend the next four years of my college life,” Domginuez said. “I just fit perfectly in the defense and I just love Iowa State. I went up there and fell in love. I love all the fans and everything about it.
“Ever since I first visited there I was like, ‘Dad, I really might want to come here.’ Today I finally did it and it just feels awesome.”