Iowa State has a very concerning problem heading into next season, that problem is that they will be graduating 6 defensive linemen after this season. Too address that problem, Matt Campbell has attacked the 2017 recruiting cycle looking for defensive linemen who can come in and make an immediate impact. Campbell already has six total defensive linemen committed and is looking to take a few more heading into National Signing Day.
Winning the trenches is a major factor in winning football games at the college level. One big recruiting class full of defensive linemen won’t add depth that the Cyclones will need to become a legit threat in the Big 12 conference. That’s why heading into the 2018 class, the staff is looking to add some quality depth as they will have a chance to pick exactly what defensive linemen they need. One of those guys they’re looking to add quality depth with is 2018 Kissimmee, FL (Gateway) three-star DE Dennis Briggs.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Briggs recorded 56 tackles and seven sacks as a sophomore last season. He has a very interesting frame as he may form into a defensive tackle at the next level. Since his offer from the Cyclones, he racked up an impressive offer list from programs like Virginia, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Mississippi State, and others. He first received his Iowa State offer on August 29th and since that date he has been in heavy contact with the Cyclones coaching staff.
“As of right now, I’m just in contact with Coach Thurston and I think we have a good relationship,” Briggs said. “We try to keep in contact as much as we can, but he's really cool and I feel like I can talk to him about anything. We just have good conversations about football like I tell him about the offense of the team I’m going against that week and the schemes they run. He just let's me know what to do, so I listen and out of football we just get to know each other and he checks up on me when he can.”
Briggs hasn’t taken many visits so far within his recruitment. However, he is planning on taking an unofficial visit to Ames sometime next Spring. During his visits, he is looking at the education side of things, facilities and more.
“Well for right now, I don't know, but hopefully I can take a visit up there to learn more. Around spring time, see if I can set something up around that time. I will be looking at, first, education but I would be looking for to seeing the environment , facilities like the locker room and more. Also, getting to meet the head coach and Coach Thurston plus all the other coaches and staff.”
Within his recruitment, Kentucky and Pittsburgh appear to be one top. But Iowa State and UCF are two programs who are very close behind and are gaining ground with Briggs.
“Kentucky and Pittsburgh are high on my list. I would say UCF, but I want to build a relationship with the coach. Iowa State is up there to because I have good relationships with the coaches so Iowa state, Kentucky, and Pitt. But I have good relationship with Ohio State too, but no offer.”
Briggs recruitment is still pretty wide-open, he is still willing to hear from new schools and is open to any offers. The plan right now is to allow teams to talk and look at him until his senior season when he plans to narrow down his list of schools.