Iowa State’s new Head Football Coach Matt Campbell is making the Cyclones reach in recruiting to have no boundaries.
From Florida to Iowa, from Texas to Mississippi, Campbell is working to make the Cyclone brand a commonality with a lot of high school football stars.
It must be working in the Lone Star State of Texas.
Iowa State already had a pledge from one of Texas top high school programs when they received a commitment from Cedar Hill’s defensive end Deven Lamp on June 28th.
AllCyclones.com caught up with Lamp to get his thoughts on Iowa State and the new Cyclone’s Coaching staff.
“I really loved the campus,” Lamp said Monday evening. “I made the trip up there in July, everything about the school, the campus, the stadium, everything is so awesome. I had heard so many nice things about the campus, but once I saw it firsthand, I knew it was the place for me.”
Lamp, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound defensive end feels that he is taking his game to the right place, the fact that he will be playing in the Big 12 against the likes of Texas, Baylor, Texas Tech and TCU is just an added advantage.
“I’m going to get the opportunity to play early at Iowa State,” Lamp noted. “That fact as well as playing the schools around my backyard will be really cool.”
Coach Campbell really stood out to Lamp during his recruitment.
“He is such a great guy,” Lamp said. “He has a great relationship with his players, you can see the connection he has with his team. I wanted to be a part of that.”
According to Lamp, another coach on the Iowa State coaching staff that he is building a solid relationship with is Cyclone QB Coach Jim Hofher.
“Coach Hofher is my recruiting coach,” Lamp noted. “He is very easy to talk to. He cares about me as a person and a student as well as a football player. All of the Iowa State coaches seem to have a strong connection with their players.”
Lamp currently has offers from Iowa State, Nevada, Air Force, Army, and Texas Southern.
Scout.com Gabe Brooks recently gave this evaluation on Lamp.
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.