When Matt Campbell and the new Iowa State coaching staff arrived in Ames, Iowa. One of the first prospects they offered was 2018 Creston (IA) three-star OT Trevor Downing, just days after they arrived on campus, December 3rd. Ever since, he has been a top target due to his development and ability to potentially end up becoming the best offensive lineman in the state of Iowa.
Since his offer, Drowning has taken several visits to Iowa State; dating back to the CyHawk Basketball game at Hilton Coliseum and at Iowa State’s Saturday Night Lights, has put the Cyclones in great position early on. This last weekend, Downing was one of the many 2017 and 2018 prospects who made the trip to Ames for the game against San Jose State.
“I really enjoyed my visit,” Downing mentioned about his Iowa State unofficial visit. “It was a great game and I was so glad to see Coach Campbell and the Cyclones get a win! I was able to introduce my grandparents from Alabama to the coaching staff.”
Like Drowning mentioned above, his grandparents, Billy and Cindy Nielsen, took an unofficial visit with Trevor to see Iowa State and give their advice on what they thought of the Cyclones. However, what really impressed Downing was head coach Matt Campbell, who took time out before the game and talked to his grandparents. Making his current relationship with the staff even more strong.
“For me, that was huge! It really showed my grandparents that coach is committed to building a relationship with my family. They were very impressed with the relationship that the coaches have developed with me and my family. They also thought the facilities were impressive.
“I feel very comfortable with the coaching staff and feel that they have worked hard to get to know me and my family. I have a lot of respect for Coach Campbell and his staff because they have shown integrity and have been very welcoming in this recruiting process.”
It won’t be too long until Drowning is back on Iowa State’s campus, he will be taking another unofficial visit this weekend for the Baylor game. He looks forward to continuing on building his relationship with the coaches and getting more comfortable.
“I’ll be visiting Iowa State again this weekend for the Baylor game. Looking forward to seeing ISU work together to build and grow the program. I want to continue to build relationships and comfortability with the program.”
Downing is likely to be one of the state’s top 2018 prospects and will continue to be a priority for the staff. He’ll play right tackle for Creston High School this fall, but could also move to the interior at the next level. He still only has one offer from Iowa State. Despite his single offer, other programs like Iowa, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and others have shown interest.
“I can say I feel good about ISU and the coaches. I took a visit to Iowa when they played Iowa State earlier in the season and I will probably be visiting them again. Also be visiting Nebraska and Minnesota as well. But I will be taking my recruitment process very slow, my parents will help me out a lot when the time feels right.”