Iowa State offered 2017 Mountain View, CA (St. Francis) three-star RB Cyrus Habibi-Likio, really late into his recruiting process. Only one month later, the 6-foot-1, 197-pounder decided to end his recruitment and committed to Washington State. Despite his commitment, the Iowa State coaching staff still kept after the west coast running back.
Even though, Habibi-Likio was hundred-percent committed to the Cougars, he still wanted to take visits to other programs. He went through with that plan and took his first official visit to another program; Utah on September 16th. There was some tension between the Washington State staff and the former commit due to his visit to another program while he was committed. As a result, he decommitted from Washington State on September 18th, only two days after his visit to the Utes.
Now, in late-September, Habibi-Likio is taking his recruitment slow and he's currently open to all schools. However, Iowa State is also another program he is looking at very closely.
“I had no personal problems with the coaching staff or any other players on the team,” Habibi-Likio said about his decommitment. “I felt like I rushed my decision back in May and decided that it’s fair to all schools if I open up my recruitment process. It didn’t feel right visiting other schools while I was committed. I took a trip to Utah and loved it, but that trip made me realize there are other schools out there that I should go see and visit.”
Washington State was a great fit for Habibi-Likio at the time, and he still says they are. But he wants to look at other schools and see if they match his factors that he is looking at when he visits a program.
“All the schools that are recruitment now, I know for a fact that have awesome facilities, a good team and great education. Going through this recruiting process, I’ve noticed that it’s more about the people in the sense of family that comes along with them. I also look at schools alumni support because when I graduate from that college hopefully those alumni can get me a job.”
Iowa State is one of the many schools who he is looking at right now. They match all the factors that he is looking at within his recruitment. The Cyclones coaching staff, led by Matt Campbell and Lou McDonald have built a long-term relationship and that is a huge factor.
“I am looking at all schools, I’m open to any schools: Pac-12, Big 10, Mountain West, Big 12, SEC, and others. I am looking at Iowa State pretty closely, along with Oregon, USC, and UCLA, but they haven’t offered.
“I think it’s an amazing program. They have a lot of the things I’m looking for in a program. I have a great relationship with Coach Lou McDonald and Coach Campbell. They’re awesome guys, I got love for them. Definitely one of the best coaching staffs by far. I’m really close to them.”
Habibi-Likio will take all five of his official visits before he makes his commitment. However, no program will for sure get an official visit from the three-star running back. Right now, he has only taken one official visit to Utah on September 16th. The Cyclones are one of the schools who will most likely get one from him.
“Not sure if I will for sure take an official visit to Iowa State yet. I haven’t set an officials, but I’m considering Iowa State. I will be taking my visits before and after the season.”
Habibi-Likio does not have a commitment date right now, but I would expect it to be sometime more towards National Signing Day. The Cyclones will continue to be a major factor here.