Lincoln-Way East (Ill.) defensive end Devin O'Rourke was on spring break in Colorado when he first heard that Iowa State was interested.
The 6-foot-6, 230-pound 2018 prospect from Frankfort (Ill.) had been in the very early stages of his recruitment as his sophomore year winds down when his head coach sent him a text message during his trip several weeks ago.
“I got a text from my coach saying Iowa State said that I was the best defensive end they saw for 2018,” O’Rourke said of the message.
O’Rourke’s coach eventually touched base later that day with his parents, who summoned him to meet them at the nearby ski lodge. When O’Rourke arrived, he received the news from his parents on the first offer of his recruitment.
“Iowa State wants to offer you,” they told him.
“I was like, ‘What?!’” O’Rourke said. “Honestly, I didn’t think I was going to get an offer before my junior season, but it was very good, surprisingly, that I did.”
Iowa State’s offer marked the first for O’Rourke and one of the first handed out by Matt Campbell and Co. for the 2018 class. O’Rourke has since added his second offer from Central Michigan during the final week of April.
During the early stage of his recruitment, O’Rourke has made visits to Illinois, Northwestern and Purdue. Iowa State stopped by his high school shortly after the spring evaluation period started and he plans to visit Ames in the months ahead.
Shortly after the offer came in, O’Rourke called Iowa State Director of Scouting John Kuceyeski to touch base. His recruitment may just be starting, but the Cyclones wanted to waste no time offering what they believe will be a rising talent.
“They said they wanted to be the first ones to offer me. They wanted to be the first ones in my head and they’re going to recruit me all the way through my high school career,” O’Rourke said. “It was a really big honor just to start off. I’m a sophomore and to get an offer from such a big school, it was just a big honor.”