Iowa State has had a lot of success recruiting throughout the country, landing tons of prospects at will outside of the state of Iowa and surrounding states. However, one of the downfalls from casting such a large net around the country is prospects close to home can sometime escape the state and head somewhere else.
Matt Campbell and the staff have put a lot of stress on protecting and putting a fence around the state and keeping some of the top prospects in the state. So far, the staff has done a great job of that, but the staff has also put a lot of effort in a territory only a few hours away from Ames: the St. Louis metro area.
During the bye week, the Cyclones were in the city of St. Louis scouting and talking to some of the top prospects - trying to establish a connection there. One of the top prospects in that area that is getting a lot of attention from Iowa State is 2017 four-star WR Cameron Brown, out of Christian Brothers High School. Brown would be a great way to start a St. Louis to Ames pipeline.
Iowa State was the very first offer for the 6-foot-1, 165-pound speedster when they offered back on June 2nd. In addition, his first ever recruiting visit was also to Ames on August 28th. Since then, he has become one of the hottest prospects in the Midwest and has received offers from programs like Missouri, Nebraska, Indiana, Vanderbilt, and many others. Despite all of the recent offers, the Iowa State staff is still recruiting Brown the hardest.
“We talk on average two times a week,” Brown said about his contact with the ISU staff. “I talk to almost all the coaches, the position doesn't matter. The relationship is good in my opinion. We talk talk about how they want me up there and how things are going with me in football right now. They were my first offer, it means a lot they got my recruitment rolling. I would say they are recruiting me the hardest.”
Since the start of Brown’s junior season in high school, he has taken visits to Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, and Arkansas. The only school he hasn’t visited yet that he would like to is Iowa State, but that could very well change in the near future.
“The visit was awesome,” Brown mentioned about his visit to Ames this past summer. “I got to see them practice and I got to talk with the players and coaches. I plan on visiting again, but I'm not sure when just yet. Mizzou, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, and Arkansas have all received a visit from me. The visits were pretty cool.”
Brown plans to announce his decision sooner rather than later, as well as narrowing down his list of schools sometime soon. The programs who he will consider and look at the hardest are the ones that he feels the most comfortable and what feels like home.