Less than three weeks into Matt Campbell’s tenure at Iowa State, Cedar Rapids Washington sophomore offensive lineman Andrew Todd received some news.
Iowa State had called his coach, extending one of its initial 2018 offers to Todd. His sophomore season had only recently been put in the rearview mirror, and yet the in-state prospect had already landed his first Power 5 offer.
“Just talking to Coach [Tom] Manning the day they offered me, they really liked my footwork and the way I move, especially at the age I’m at right now,” Todd said. “I think they saw I have the potential to progress and be a very good player and I believe I have the ability too. That's basically what I got from that conversation.”
Communication with Iowa State since has been sparse. NCAA rules prohibit schools from messaging or calling 2018 recruits, so Todd’s only communication is through his coach and when he calls, as he did when he initially talked to Manning in mid-December.
Nonetheless, Todd took a closer look at Iowa State when he visited the first weekend of April for an Iowa State spring scrimmage with Cedar Rapids Washington teammate and 2017 Iowa State linebacker commit O’Rien Vance.
“It’s awesome,” Todd said of the trip. “It’s a great town, they have great facilities. I took a little bit of a campus tour, [it’s a] very nice campus.”
While Todd’s recruitment is still in the early stages, he has taken day trips to Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan State and Illinois this spring. He plans to camp at Nike’s The Opening in Chicago in addition to the Rivals camp before camping at schools this summer.
At 6-foot-4, 265 pounds, Todd will continue to fill out in the next two seasons, but is focused on some particular areas of his game in the meantime.
“One thing major for me would just be finishing the blocks [and] going until the whistle,” Todd said. “I can still improve in every part of my game. I don’t think there’s a part of my game that’s perfect right now.”
Yet Iowa State already sees the potential.
In addition to his current teammate, Vance, being committed to join Iowa State in its 2017 class, former Cedar Rapids Washington lineman Julian Good-Jones is now emerging for the Cyclones at center as a redshirt freshman.
“I’ve talked a little bit with Julian. He’s a huge fan of Coach Manning,” Todd said. “I haven’t had a huge conversation with him, but he’s enjoying the new coaching staff.”
And while Todd's recruitment is still new, the first offer is meaningful.
“It means a lot, it really does,” Todd said. “I feel very grateful and very blessed to have a school like that take interest in me, especially at a young age. It means a lot to me personally. It motivates me to keep improving in the weight room and on the field and be the best player I can be.”