One Illinois High School football player will never forget first impressions.
The University of Toledo was the first school to offer Libertyville High School offensive lineman Tyler Jost when he was a junior.
A very successful Coach at Toledo named Matt Campbell sold his coaching staff, sold his program and sold himself as a head coach.
Less than six months later Campbell and most of the Toledo coaching staff packed up and moved to Ames, Iowa to take over the Cyclone Football program.
It didn’t take long for Jost to get a call and letting him know that Campbell wanted him to join them at their new school.
“I won’t never forget going into his office at Iowa State with my parents,” Jost said. “We spent little over an hour telling me how much they needed me to be a Cyclone.”
That meeting was in February, on April 14, Jost didn’t need to wait any longer, he knew where his heart was telling him to go.
“I called Coach Campbell and told him I wanted to join him at Iowa State,” Jost remembers. “I told him that Iowa State was the perfect fit for me, it had everything that I wanted in a college, but more importantly I wanted to be coached by Coach Campbell and the rest of his coaching staff.”
Now Jost is a 6-foot-6. 280-pound offensive tackle having a great senior season, not having to worry about the recruiting process.
“Now I’m focused on finishing out my high school season, working out and getting ready for Iowa State,” Jost said. “The Cyclone coaches are telling me that I could play any position on the offensive line, just to be ready to come in and compete once I get there.”
Jost let his high school coach know that he was completely committed to Iowa State and discontinued his recruiting process. He holds offers from Toledo, Wyoming and Syracuse a long with the majority of the MAC conference.
“When I first met Coach Campbell and his coaches at Toledo, I fell in love with their energy, I loved the way they were connected with their players. Becoming a Cyclone was a no brainer for me.”
Jost has kept up with several other members of the Iowa State 2017 recruiting class and plans on taking his official visit to Ames in January with six other Cyclone current commits.