Nearly six weeks ago, Iowa State decided to offer 2017 King Mills (OH) three-star DE Dan Sichterman due to the desperate need for defensive linemen in this class. At the time, Sichterman was committed to Ball State and had been since August 9th.
Since the offer back in September, the staff was in constant contact with Sichterman and quickly started to build a strong relationship with the fellow Ball State commit. During the Cyclones bye week, Matt Campbell even went to see Sichterman.
The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder decided to take an unofficial visit to Iowa State for the homecoming game, when the Cyclones would face off with Kansas State. All of the staff’s hard work and recruiting finally paid off as Sichterman decided to flip his commitment from Ball State to Iowa State as he was leaving the city of Ames.
“The game day atmosphere and the coaching staff are really impressive,” Sichterman said about his visit. “Those are a few reasons. I loved the campus and felt it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. I loved it! I went on a campus tour first which was great, then the game was next and I loved the atmosphere and fans. This morning I took a tour of all the football facilities, they were incredible. Then, I met with Coach Rasheed, Coach Heacock, and Coach Campbell. Those all went really well, I really enjoyed everything.”
The relationship that was built within a short period of time between Campbell and Sichterman really made the current Ball State commit feel like he was destined to be a Cyclone. Even his parents, who came along during the visit, thought that their son was a Cyclone during and after the visit.
“I have a great relationship with them. I've known them since they were at Toledo. That was a huge factor. At the end of the day, relationships are the most important.
“While I was taking in the game day atmosphere I was talking to my parents and I just had the feeling it was the place for me. They loved it. As soon as I said it they were okay with it. My parents said it exceeded their expectations and they could see me being a Cyclone.”
Sichterman is only Iowa State’s second total commitment within the state of Ohio, where Campbell and the fellow staff have built such a strong hold of dating back to their time at Toledo. Now that Sichterman is committed to the Cyclones, he is looking to help rebuild and spark the Cincinnati to Ames and Ohio to Ames pipeline. Maybe even his brother, Matt Sichterman, who is committed to Nebraska.
“I will be recruiting other prospects for sure. I'm not sure about my brother, he is very happy with his choice. I have already exchanged tweets with Keontae Jones; I'll stay in touch with him - Cincinnati to Ames pipeline. But I will recruit prospects to Iowa State by saying they are really turning things around at Iowa State. I'll be honest and tell them how much I liked everything on my visit along with the coaches.”
The staff is planning on using their latest commitment as a speed rusher off the edge, mostly playing the defensive end position. Sichterman also mentioned that playing time is definitely “possible”, due to the early need for defensive linemen.