Iowa State has had a lot of recent success on the recruiting trail since Matt Campbell arrived in Ames, Iowa and took the program over. Although, one position group the Cyclones have not been able to hit on is at the running back position. The current bell cow and star running back at Iowa State is junior Mike Warren. But after Warren, there isn’t a ton of depth. Add in that the staff burnt to redshirts on freshmen Kene Nwangwu and David Montgomery, the running back position has become a major need.
The staff is currently pursuing quite a bit of running back targets across the board. However, Iowa State looked to have expanded their board several days ago by offering 2017 Gallatin, TN (Gallatin Senior) RB Jordan Mason.
Mason is somewhat of an under-the-radar prospect. He only holds offer from programs like Northern Illinois, Western Kentucky, Ball State, and a few others. Despite his lack of attention on the recruiting trail, after the Cyclones heard that he ran for 296 yards last Friday night for Gallatin Senior High School, that offer from Iowa State rolled in soon after.
“Iowa State offered me on Thursday,” Mason mentioned about his Iowa State offer. “I received it on my phone through the running backs coach. “It's a good program, I haven’t heard much about Iowa State. But I am doing my best to the research on them and things like that.”
Iowa State has had their eye on Mason for what appears to be for quite sometime now. But for Mason, his latest offer from the Cyclones was a major shocker and came out of the blue when the Iowa State running backs coach Louis Ayeni came calling.
“I actually had not been in contact with the Iowa State coaching staff prior to my offer. They just hit me up one day and they said that they liked my film and wanted to offer me. I like Coach Ayeni, he brings the intensity on the phone, I like that about him.”
The 6-foot, 205-pounder is getting recruited hard by Northern Illinois and Western Kentucky. However, now that Iowa State has jumped into the mix of things, they now lead within his recruitment.
“Iowa State is my leader, I mean they are the first real big school to offer me. The other schools who have already offered me they are big too, but this is a big power five offer. It’s just big.”
Now that Mason has that Iowa State offer in his back pocket, he is looking to take a official visit to Ames, Iowa so he can check out the Cyclones.
“Whenever the coaches give me a official visit date, then I'll get up to Iowa State. I just want to see do they have pride, is the school good, teammates, and I want to see how the teammates react and act around each other. I probably would not commit to Iowa State on my visit, I want to stack up my list and go from there.”
Mason looks to be one of the top targets for the Iowa State coaching staff on the running back board, along with Cyrus Habibi-Likio. This is something to definitely keep an eye on moving forward.