Iowa State has been targeting 2017 Jacksonville (FL) three-star CB Quran Hafiz for quite sometime. He was always high on the cornerback board and on July 1st, Hafiz committed to the Cyclones days after his unofficial visit to Ames. That was a huge moment for the staff as they landed one of their key targets in the class. However, a few months later on September 9th, the 6-foot, 170-pounder decided to re-evaluate his options and decommitted from Iowa State.
“I decommitted from Iowa State because I wanted to wait out my recruitment and give everybody a fair opportunity with me,” Hafiz said about his decommitment from Iowa State. “I just wanted to make sure I made the right decision.”
Some coaching staffs give up on prospects when they decommit or will continue to recruit the prospect even harder trying to get that commitment back. Iowa State defensive backs coach D.K. McDonald and defensive coordinator Jon Heacock took the high road, and are still pursuing Hafiz heavily.
“The coaching staff talks to me three times within a single week, they normally hit me up on Friday before my high school games. I talk a lot with Coach Heacock and Coach McDonald. With us, it started off as a decent relationship, but it just kept building and building. Now I really feel comfortable with them. I feel like with the new coaching staff is going to turn the program around. I feel like that’s the big key with Iowa State.”
Since he has decommitted from Iowa State, he has taken two official visits: Minnesota (Sept. 1st) and Indiana (Oct. 1st). The former Cyclone commit has already said that he would be taking one of his officials to Iowa State, but the question has always been when. Now, that is no longer the question as he has set his Iowa State official visit, as well as one to Nebraska.
“Minnesota and Indiana I have taken officials to so far. As for Minnesota, I like the city and the environment. It had a good vibe and over the years they have put a lot of DB’s in the NFL. Indiana, it just had a real good vibe and I connected well with the players and coaches.”
“Right now, I only have Nebraska and Iowa State set, with one more still open. I’ll be at Nebraska November 12th and Iowa State when they play West Virginia on November 26th. Those are set in stone right now.”
Hafiz still has one official visit remaining, but still doesn’t know who or when he will use that visit. Programs like Syracuse, Memphis, Illinois and a few others are in the mix. But the conscious with Hafiz is that visit will be saved in case a new school comes into the picture.
“My last official visit will probably go to either Syracuse, Memphis, Illinois. I am kind of just waiting for my last one to see if anyone comes into play late and offers.”
The plan for Hafiz has always been to enroll early, so he can get into the program, get a head start and participate in spring ball. As a result, his commitment period has been in the timeline of the month of December. But, now he has an exact date for when he will announce.
“I am going to decide in December because I plan on enrolling early into whatever school I choose. I plan on making my exact commitment on Dec. 19th. The school that I am comfortable with, just where I am at and the people around me. Not even with football, more with just how I feel about the program.”