Iowa State watched Little Rock (Ark.) defensive end David Porter’s film back in Ames and wanted to see more. When assistant and recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh watched him work out recently in Little Rock, the evaluation was complete.
The Cyclones quickly extended the 6-foot-3 prospect an offer.
“I think after we met and they watched my film and they saw what type of person I am and that I’m a hard worker and that I can pull through tough situations and still get the job done, I think that’s what really made them want to extend the offer,” Porter said. “They said I’m a really good pass-rusher and that can come in handy in the Big 12, so they can really use me in that aspect of the game.”
Porter, who also holds offers from Kansas State, Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana Tech in the early stage of his recruitment, has taken trips with teammates and Joe T. Robinson High School head coach Brian Maupin this spring to both Memphis and Arkansas.
By the end of May, he plans to visit Ames with Maupin.
“I was really excited when I got the offer because I know they have a pretty big history, it’s a big football school and I was really excited,” Porter said of Iowa State. “I really feel like I could potentially fit in at Iowa State.”
Iowa State sees Porter growing into a prototypical defensive end in its 4-2-5 defensive scheme, though he could also fit at the team’s Leo hybrid spot in the early years while he continues to build out his 230-pound frame.
“I guess they see a lot of potential and a lot of aggression, because my technique wasn’t as good as it could have been,” Porter said. “I just used raw ability most of the time, so I guess that’s what stood out.”
Porter isn’t currently in a rush to make a decision, but his offer sheet now includes two Power 5 programs. While he continues to work on his development this spring, Porter is likely to camp at multiple schools this summer.
Next up on his list of trips is Iowa State.
“I’m just looking for a family atmosphere,” Porter said of his factors. “Mostly where I’ll fit, where I’ll go and I’ll actually have a good opportunity to help the team. I want to go somewhere where I’m going to enjoy myself and where I can stay focused at the same time and really just feel at home.”