Iowa State held a lot of major targets on campus this past weekend when the Cyclones shocked the nation and put a beat down on Texas Tech by winning 66-10. The biggest visitor on campus was 2017 Dunbar (Fla.) OLB Shannon Reid.
Reid, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound athletic linebacker went out to Iowa State this past weekend after recently taking two other official visits to Tennessee the previous weekend and Michigan on Oct. 1st. Even though those schools have more to offer as of right now, his recent official visit to Iowa State was one of his favorites.
“This visit compared to my others really opened up my mind and this was one of my favorite visits,” Reid said about his Iowa State visit. “It was a great visit, really opened up my eyes. Being around a group of guys that loved and liked each other so much, the education I can get there is really something else. It was really unexpected, what I saw there at Iowa State.”
Normally, when a big time prospect for a program heads to that schools's campus, the staff normally gives him an experienced host who knows the program well. However, Reid had two hosts on his visit, freshman OLB Tymar Sutton and Mackenro Alexander. Those guys had him chilling with the team and playing laser tag.
“I was chilling with the football team after the win, I played laser tag, and then got to hang out with the players later that night. It was crazy how much fun I had. I played laser tag and it was great, I had a great bond with the players even though I just met them.
“My hosts on my visits Mackenro Alexander and Tymar Sutton, they really made my visit awesome. I spent a lot of time with those two and just knowing that if I pick Iowa State and I would already have two players there that I could trust and talk to is great.”
The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder is being recruiting by a ton of major programs, but Iowa State is one of the schools who is recruiting him the hardest. Linebackers coach Tyson Veidt, defensive coordinator Jon Heacock, and Matt Campbell have all been prominent figures in Reid’s recruitment. During his visit, he had a chance to talk to those guys.
“I talked a lot with the coaching staff on my visit. We were just talking about how I can get a great opportunity and education there. Also, the need at linebacker that they have and I can come in and learn the defense and come in and start.”
Before Reid stepped foot on campus, Michigan and Tennessee were reportedly the two leaders within his recruitment. However, by the time his Iowa State visit was over, the Cyclones are now on the same level as those two schools.
“Iowa State, Tennessee, and Michigan are all equal at this point.”
Reid wants to announce his decision early and his birthday on Dec. 2nd was a date that he circled on his calendar for when he might want to announce his commitment. But after his latest visit to Ames, that Dec. 2nd date is looking to get pushed back.
“I was thinking about my birthday on Dec. 2nd, but now I am thinking about pushing it back. Just because this Iowa State visit really opened up my eyes. I might announce on Dec. 18th during the All-American game.”