Iowa State is looking to take a huge haul of defensive linemen in the 2017 recruiting cycle. The Cyclones currently have four total defensive linemen committed and they're still looking to take a few more. The coaching staff is still in on a lot of different defensive linemen, both committed to other programs and ones that are uncommitted.
One of the top committed targets the coaching staff is chasing after is 2017 Kings Mills, OH (Kings) Ball State commit DE Dan Sichterman. The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder has been committed to Ball State since August 9th, but his recruitment took a turn after a Iowa State offer came on September 12th. Now, the defensive end prospect is re-evaluating his situation.
“The coaches at Ball State is aware that I am re-evaluating my options and plan to take some visits,” Sichterman said about his recruitment. “I can't be more specific on my recruitment, I'm visiting Iowa State on October 29th, and should be able to give you a more specific answer after that visit.”
Sichterman is coming fresh off an unofficial visit to Ball State over this past weekend. It appears he is still firmly committed to Ball State, but it does look to be more of a soft verbal commitment. Iowa State will also be getting a visit in the near future from Sichterman, on October 29th for an official visit.
“I’ll be visiting Iowa State on October 29th. I look forward to seeing the game day atmosphere as I've heard the fans are incredible. It'll be good to continue building my relationship with the coaches because I think that's important. I'm excited to check out the campus for the first time while I'm down there too.”
Even though the Iowa State coaching staff did jump into Sichterman’s recruitment a little bit late into the process, the two parties have known each other for quite sometime. The first time he met the coaching staff was when they were at Toledo and he camped there.
“I first met them at their Toledo camp. I did really well at camp, but I was a little undersized. Since then I've put on 30 pounds and have been playing really well so far in my senior season. We reconnected after my second game, I feel like I have a good relationship with them. I talk to one of the coaches at least once a week. We talk about how they think I can make a big difference at Iowa State and mostly just about what's going on with me.”
The Ball State pledge doesn’t have any set dates for when he will make a final decision. In addition, he hasn’t set up any other visits. However, he does have a few factors that he will be looking for in a school that will go into his final commitment.
“A lot of stuff will go into that. Ultimately, I want to end up at the place that will shape me into the best student, football player, and man that I can possibly be.”