Iowa State is looking to take a large amount of defensive ends within the 2017 recruiting cycle, and there are a few reasons for that. First, the program will graduate three defensive ends, not even including the other defensive tackles they will lose. Second, the talent and depth at the current position is not where Campbell and the staff wants it at right now. Finally, with so many defensive ends committed there is always the chance that you could stumble upon some decommitments.
The Cyclones class currently consists of defensive ends like Dan Sichterman, John Nagel, Deven Lamp, Angel Dominguez and Cordarrius Bailey. Despite already having five total defensive ends committed, the staff might just end up taking one or two more prospects.
The staff has cast a large net around the defensive end board, they’re currently looking at a large amount of recruits on the JUCO and high school level. Not to mention, committed prospects are also hearing from Iowa State. The main and only pledged prospect the Iowa State is recruiting right now is Clearwater (FL) three-star Indiana commit Tramar Reece.
Reece, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound athletic and lengthy defensive end, has been committed to Indiana since June 19th of last summer. Even though Reece is solid with his commitment, he will still be taking some of his official visits.
“I’m solid with Indiana, I am confident that I will be there this summer,” Reece said about his commitment to the Hoosiers. “I will be taking some of my official visits, I am just not sure to what programs or when.”
The current Indiana commit has already taken an unofficial visit to Iowa State before. In addition, it appears like Reece will be back in Ames as he plans to take an official to Iowa State after the season, along with schools like Rutgers, Illinois, and others.
“I will most likely be visiting Iowa State for an official, probably in early December. I love the program from the coaches to the players and everything in between. I love the coaching staff and that they've been together for years and Coach Campbell must be awesome for the coaches to follow him to a new school. Iowa State is an awesome school and the players are all together when I went up there, their were no loners everyone was together and it's a college town not much around Ames, so you know the stands will always be packed. Also, it's a passing league so I love that.
“Toledo, Rutgers, Illinois, and Middle Tennessee are schools I’ll try to visit. Different things for different schools, but I can say that the coaching staffs for each school has a huge role in every school.”
When Reece originally committed to Indiana back in the summer, the Iowa State coaching staff never stopped talking and recruiting him. Due to the constant contact and the pursuit, the relationship between Reece and Tyson Veidt has continued to grow. In addition, his relationship with Coach Vedit is a major factor for why they currently sit second behind Indiana.
“Iowa State sits 2nd in my recruitment behind Indiana. I talk to Coach Veidt frequently and the defensive line coach a few times. Also, Coach campbell is a great coach I love that he's young. I believe the players are awesome, it's a college town, good school, the facilities are just all around good. Coach Vedit has a lot to do with for why I like Iowa State so much."
Reece will be making his final decision on where he will be playing at the next level sometime in December. Some of the factors that will be involved in that decision is comfort level, good education, playing time and a place where he feels that he will be good at the next four years.