Iowa State’s interest in Cedar Hill (Texas) defensive end Deven Lamp began in earnest back in January when a coach stopped by his school, but it was three weeks ago when the emerging 2017 prospect fully took notice.
After Iowa State assistant Alex Golesh watched Lamp during the spring evaluation period and defensive line coach Eli Rasheed did the same, the Cyclones became Lamp’s first Power 5 offer in late May. Iowa State’s interest has only strengthened since, including after he camped in front of coaches this week.
“I got to show them up close what I can do and things like that,” Lamp said of the satellite camp in Texas. “It meant a lot to have them there and watching me and getting coached up by Coach Rasheed. It was a great opportunity for me.”
The lengthy 6-foot-4, 220-pound Lamp, who is drawing increased interest recently from Kansas State and Illinois, also holds offers from the likes of Nevada, Air Force and Army heading into the summer.
Iowa State, which has one defensive line commitment in the class with priority Angel Dominguez, loses seven defensive linemen to graduation after 2016 and is hoping to continue to bolster the future of the defensive line through the 2017 class.
“A big message they wanted to send to me was that I’m a top priority on their list. They’re looking at offensive line and defensive line. That’s their main target right now, it starts in the trenches,” Lamp said. “They were telling me I have tremendous upside and potential and the main thing for me is I’m going to add weight in college, but they like my aggressiveness and the way I play fast and use my length. In their type of defensive system, they told me they like to get after it up front and I’ll be the perfect guy to do that for them.”
After being in constant contact with coaches in recent weeks, Lamp finally met head coach Matt Campbell in Texas this week. He will take the next step with Iowa State when he visits Ames next weekend with his coach from Cedar Hill.
“I’m really excited to check out the campus and the college life, the buildings and things like that,” Lamp said. “I’m ready to see the tremendous atmosphere that I’ve been hearing about. I’ve heard the stadium and everything is just amazing.”
Lamp currently expects to make a decision during or after the season, but doesn’t have a steadfast timeline. For now he wants to enjoy the recruiting process.
What Lamp does know is that there will be a few key factors.
“I’m a big engineering guy, so I believe Iowa State is a top engineering school in the nation,” he said. “Basically if it fits my major and if it feels like the place that is meant for me — like the atmosphere and things like that — if it’s a place I would feel comfortable at and excited about my college experience.”
For now, Iowa State is at the forefront of his recruitment.
"It’s been great. At the camp that they hosted with Michigan, I got to meet the head coach, Coach Campbell, and the entire staff," Lamp said. "It’s just been positive vibes, man. I really feel wanted by them and they DM me all the time and tell me how much of a priority I am and things like that. I’m looking forward to visiting the campus next week."