Ashley Trieu / Scout

Panel: Breaking down every Cyclone commit

Scout's team of experts breaks down every member of an Iowa State 2017 class which currently ranks 4th in the Big 12.

QB Devon Moore - Waterloo (Iowa) West
Devon was the first commit of the Matt Campbell era and an appropriate kid to start it off because his first offer came from Campbell when he was at Toledo after seeing Devon throw live. He missed time last year because of a broken leg, but came back to throw the ball very well at the Chicago Opening Regional in the spring. Big kid, big arm, seems to have good intangibles. He still has some polishing to do, but pure arm talent is there and we're excited to see what his senior season looks like. - Allen Trieu, National recruiting analyst (Midwest)

WR Joshua Johnson - North Little Rock (Ark.) Central Arkansas Christian
Johnson is one kid I am looking to move up in the rankings in the near future.  He has a good burst, and he always seems to give his quarterback a good window to throw to.  He looks more like a slot receiver on the hoof, but definitely can play on the outside.  He knows how to stick his foot in the ground, make decisive cuts, and get to the football.  He tested out at 4.62 in the 40 yard dash, but he can play faster.  He runs good routes, he adjusts to the ball well in the air or on the ground, and his hands are reliable.  This could end up being a steal for the Cyclones. - Chad Simmons, National recruiting analyst (Southeast)

DE Deven Lamp - Cedar Hill (Texas)
With a great frame and a good Texas high school football pedigree, Deven Lamp is an intriguing defensive end prospect in the 2017 class. Lamp possesses an impressive 6-foot-4+ frame and gained 20-30 pounds during the offseason leading up to his senior year. That said, he still has ample space on his tall, long frame to add significant bulk as he projects to the FBS level. Lamp plays for one of the most talent-laden programs in the country (Cedar Hill HS) and was a rotational player as a junior. He will get ample snaps as a senior playing in one of Texas' best districts in the state's largest classification. Lamp shows a good inside rip move that works for him as a pass-rusher and run defender. He's a good backside pursuer because of his above average speed and exceptional length. He sometimes plays too high, as many taller players do, and he'll need to improve his get-off at the snap. Once he does, Lamp possesses all the requisite tools to make him a great pass-rusher. He projects best as an even-front end who could potentially play either a weak- or strong-side role, depending on his continued physical development. - Gabe Brooks, regional analyst (Texas)

CB Quran Hafiz - Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound rising Hafiz reads and reacts very well at the cornerback position, and flashes impressive closing speed to make a play on the football as well. You also have to take note of Hafiz's ability to stop on a dime and burst out of his breaks. He has no problem playing with physicality, but needs to continue to work on his tackling technique moving forward. He's a instinctive kid that's coveted for his ability to cover downfield. Hafiz is technically sound, as well as a self-assured defender that's willing to prove his worth against any wide receiver. I love Hafiz's mental approach to the game of football. - Corey Bender, regional analyst (Florida)

Jordan Ulmer - Belleville (Mich.)
A kid who really rose in offseason. Part of that was getting his grades and test scores in. Once that happened, the offer came quick. He's a big kid who can run and cover. Likely a safety in college, but he could grow into a linebacker because of his frame. You can see from camps that he's athletic and has great ball skills, the season will tell us more about how physical he is. - Allen Trieu, National recruiting analyst (Midwest)

CB Richard Bowens III - Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's
A good pickup for the Cylcones. They had to beat a couple other schools including Minnesota to get him. He's a corner with length, which is not easy to find. His outstanding track results show what kind of an athlete he is and he comes from a great high school program. He had an injury last year, so he didn't get a chance to show everything he could do, but he's always done well at camps and has the skill set. He needs to get stronger, maybe a little more explosive, but he's smooth, long and has good ball skills. - Allen Trieu, National recruiting analyst (Midwest)

TE Charlie Kolar - Norman (Okla.) North
Kolar is a tight end prospect who has already emerged as a top pass catcher and while he is on the thin side he does have the frame to grow into more of a true in-line guy in the future. He needs to only add about 15 pounds to get to that 240-250-pound range that is optimal for a guy with his height at the position. His best attribute is his athleticism. A former basketball player who could be a real red-zone scoring weapon. - Greg Powers, National recruiting analyst (Midlands)

CB Octavious Morgan - Butler County (Kan.) Community College
A defender who should come in right away and make an impact. He has the size you need and has locked down and been matched up with D1 quality receivers in practice and games at the junior college level. On film he shows good anticipation and break on the football. If the quarterback floats a pass he will make a play. Has a real nose for the football and collects a lot of interceptions. - Greg Powers, National recruiting analyst (Midlands)

DE Angel Dominguez - Overland Park (Kan.) St. Thomas Aquinas
An interesting defensive line prospect who I think could provide some versatility and depth along the front. He plays strongside end in high school and for his size and height ratio he gets off f the football quickly and makes plays that you often see longer and leaner ends making. Already at 255-pounds he should grow into a guy who plays closer to 275 in college or bigger and could slide around and create mismatches and stay on the field in many situations. - Greg Powers, National recruiting analyst (Midlands)

OT Alex Kleinow - Iowa City (Iowa) West
We liked Alex at some camps last summer, but then he got hurt and missed a big part of his junior year. He returned and had some really good camps this summer. I saw him at Michigan State and he was very good there and picked up some MAC offers there. Then, when he went to Iowa State and I heard he blew the staff away and earned an offer, I was not surprised at all based on what I had seen. Big frame (6-6, 280 pounds), can move his feet and he battles. - Allen Trieu, National recruiting analyst (Midwest)

OT Tyler Jost - Libertyville (Ill.)
The Cyclones were one of the first power-five schools to offer Jost, surprising considering his frame and what he shows on his junior film. One of the main areas you wanted to see him make strides was weight. He has always been a lean kid, but this offseason, he's added a lot of weight and good weight, and we're ready to see a dominant senior year out of him which could produce a rise in the rankings. - Allen Trieu, National recruiting analyst (Midwest)

OT Jeff Nogaj - Johnstown (Ohio) Johnstown-Monroe
A kid who slid a little bit under the radar, but never to the Iowa State staff. They offered him at Toledo and came back and offered him at Iowa State. He's a big, physical kid. Given that Kleinow and Jost are in the class, I think there's a good chance Nogaj moves inside where his size and run blocking skills will be an asset. - Allen Trieu, National recruiting analyst (Midwest)

OT Colin Newell - Ames (Iowa)
Then you have Newell, a local product, so the Cyclones have several tackle bodies coming in. I could see Newell going inside as well if need be. He's a tough, physical kid who finishes his blocks and he's right there in town, in state, so always good to keep a guy like that at home. - National recruiting analyst (Midwest)

LB Orien Vance - Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Washington
I love this kid. It wouldn't surprise me if he ended up being one of the best kids, if not the best kid in the class. He's a fast, aggressive backer who can blitz and rush the passer, but has the speed when asked to drop. Still, his forte is pinning his ears back and going and Iowa State will give him a chance to do that. He committed early and since then, a lot of schools have poked around, but he's maintained his commitment. - Allen Trieu, National recruiting analyst (Midwest)

LB Jake Hummel - West Des Moines (Iowa) Dowling
Speaking of aggressive, Hummel plays like his hair is on fire. He runs hard to the ball and makes a lot of plays because he's always around the action. He plays special teams too and is the type of kid who is going to find a way to be productive in college. He and Vance's abilities should complement each other very well. - Allen Trieu, National recruiting analyst (Midwest)

WR Matt Eaton - Pearl River (Miss.) Community College
Big kid but he runs well for a kid of that size. He can go up and get it and makes tough grabs in traffic over the middle. He went from Temple to Pearl River, so he has experience being at a Division I program. He looks like a kid who could come in and play right away. - Allen Trieu, National recruiting analyst (Midwest)


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