Iowa State new Head Football Coach Matt Campbell main objective in recruiting is to increase the overall talent pool and depth for the Cyclones.
One position that Iowa State has need at is Linebacker.
Campbell and his staff is targeting the state of Michigan as well as the entire country, making the Cyclone brand common throughout the U.S.
Andrew Ward of Muskegon Michigan has an offer from Iowa State and appears to have interest in taking an official visit to Ames later on this fall.
"Iowa State will be getting an official visit from me,” Ward said recently. “They told me that I should take that visit after the season, but if my time is short and I'm thinking about committing before that I can come down and visit during the season. I don't have any exact date that I would like to go, I am just working with Coach Veidt to find a date."
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound athlete is being told by Iowa State that they can see him playing outside linebacker for the Cyclones. Ward has already been to the Cyclones campus and came away impressed.
“I visited Iowa State this past summer,” Ward said. “I liked the visit. The campus was awesome and the environment was cool. I had a chance to see the entire campus, all the students and faculty members were really friendly.”
Cyclones linebacker Coach Tyson Veidt is recruiting Ward for Iowa State and has built a solid relationship with the talented athlete.
“My relationship with Coach Veidt is pretty tight,” Ward said. “We text back and forth a lot, he lets me know how things are going. He always wishes me luck before my Friday night games.”
While Ward has already taken a couple of other visits, he is excited about Ames.
“Iowa State is a good school,” Ward said. “I like the school and program a lot.”
Does Ward have an early favorite?
“My top schools as of right now are Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Iowa State and Indiana,” Ward said. “Everyone is on the same level, no one is really in front of the other right now.”
Ward hopes to take all of his official visits before making a final decision.
Shane Kinnee contributed to this article