Iowa State’s first impression on Michigan native and soon-to-be IMG Academy slot receiver K.J. Hamler proved to be a strong one.
The Scout 300 prospect (No. 243 overall), who is ranked as the No. 33 overall receiver in the country, holds a number of major offers and now has the Cyclones in his top group of schools after getting a closer look during the weekend.
“It went very well,” Hamler said Sunday. “I wasn't expecting it to be so nice, so my expectations were brought up after I got up there. And the way that Coach [Matt] Campbell is preparing these players to be great [stood out].”
Hamler played his first three seasons of high school football at St. Mary’s in Orchard Lake (Mich.) with Iowa State cornerback commit Richard Bowens III but will transfer to IMG Academy in Florida for his senior season this fall.
The highly regarded prospect holds a number of majors offers from the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Arizona, Oregon, Penn State and others in addition to Iowa State. Hamler’s first offer came from Campbell at Toledo when the 5-foot-9 prospect was in eighth grade.
“I've always been close to Coach Campbell,” Hamler said of his relationship. “He was the first one that believed in me. [He’d] like to use me at slot, out wide and as a return man and possibly play both sides of the ball. They just said that they believed in me and believe I can make a big impact.”
Hamler ran a 4.43 40-yard dash at the Columbus Opening Regional and would be used at Iowa State’s ‘M’ position. The position is a highly-used one for Campbell, who at Toledo had speedster Eric Page and Corey Jones there. Page had 82, 99 and 125 receptions in three years with the Rockets while Jones had 68 and 55 receptions the last two seasons.
“That's were they said I would play,” Hamler said, referring to the 'M' spot. “It is [exciting]. I think it would show how versatile I am.”
Hamler is currently expecting to make a decision following his senior season and is focused on how schools will use him in addition to relationships and education. As Hamler’s recruitment progresses with his Iowa State trip complete, he said four schools stand out: “Iowa State, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee.”
As for a second trip to Ames? Hamler expects that to happen this fall.
“[I] most definitely can see myself a part of Coach Campbell’s team,” Hamler said. “I will be visiting Ames again.”