Prior to the start of the 2016 season, it was well known that the Cyclones would be facing off with Oklahoma on Nov. 3rd, which would fall on a Thursday night. In the world of recruiting, weekday games are not very good dates to have prospects come and visit your program. Well, that storyline held true for the Cyclones this past Thursday; with no official visitors on hand.
Even though their ended up being around over 100 prospects on campus, mainly just in-state prospects who were either walk-on targets or prospects with no offers. However, the staff did have a few big 2018 targets at the game, most notably 2018 Chicago (IL) three-star DE Gavin McCabe.
“I thought my visit to Iowa State was very good,” McCabe said about his visit. “I loved the school, and the football program was awesome. The facilities were second to none and the atmosphere on game day was amazing. On Thursday, when I got there I met most of the coaching staff, walked around and saw some of the facilities, and then went and saw the game. Then on Friday morning, my parents and I were given a tour of the whole football complex and tour of the campus by Coach Hoodjer.”
The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder only holds two offers early in his recruitment from Central Michigan and Iowa State. Despite only having two offers, he is still receiving lots of mail and interest from schools like Purdue, Kansas, Michigan State, and Iowa.
“I only have two offers, but as of right now Iowa State is my leader between the two. Why? Because I loved the school, I loved the football program, and I really believe that with this coaching staff Iowa State will be a contender for a Big 12 Championship within the next couple of years.
“I've been getting a lot of mail from different schools, but I haven't really talked to anyone yet since our season ended. Kansas, Purdue, Minnesota, Michigan State, Wyoming, and Iowa are schools I am in contact with."
Before he visited Ames on Thursday, he was in a lot of contact with the Iowa State coaching staff. McCabe has mostly talked to defensive line coach Eli Rasheed, but also from director of scouting Joe Schaefer. Despite only receiving his first offer from Iowa State several months ago, his relationship with the Cyclones is growing.
“I talk to at least one coach about once a week. My relationship with the coaches right now is awesome. Coach Rasheed was really the first coach to ever talk to me so we really have had a strong relationship throughout this whole process so far, also coach Hoodjer and Coach Schaefer. I have been talking to recently and after this weeks visit I have become really close with both of them.”
McCabe’s recruitment has just started to heat up and he hasn’t really taken many visits. His first recruiting visit was to Iowa State on Thursday, and it was a success. Well, McCabe plans to visit other schools, as well as re-visiting Ames sometime soon.
“I will definitely be returning to Ames again, hopefully I can get out to a basketball game this winter and also I will be back for their junior day.”