When Dowling Catholic defensive end John Waggoner scheduled his camp date with Iowa State, his lone hope was to showcase his skillset in front of coaches.
He can consider that goal accomplished.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound 2018 prospect camped at Iowa State’s Saturday Night Lights camp during the weekend and by the time he walked off the field at Jack Trice Stadium, the Cyclones had extended him his first offer.
“We went back to our position coaches and I went to talk to Coach [Eli] Rasheed and he said they were going to offer me,” Waggoner said. “I went to talk to Coach [Matt] Campbell and he said the same thing. They said they need people with a big motor who can play on their defense and they said they think I can fit that.”
Waggoner becomes the fifth Iowan for the 2018 class offered by Campbell & Co., but is the first among that group to be on the defensive side. He is one of only a few 2018 prospects offered by the staff at defensive end.
“It’s pretty surprising,” Waggoner said of the offer. “It’s nice to get that first one and I definitely like Iowa State a lot right now.”
Waggoner’s first glimpse of Iowa State’s interest came in January when he was invited to Iowa State’s basketball game against Oklahoma. He will camp with Iowa on Sunday and will attend Notre Dame’s camp later this month.
The next step with Iowa State is to build a relationship. NCAA rules prohibit coaches from reaching out to him directly until the fall, though Waggoner can call Iowa State and would like to make a return trip to Ames this summer.
“[Coach Campbell] just said he wants to keep in touch and get me up here this summer for a day and just stay in touch and build a relationship,” Waggoner said.