Iowa State is looking to upgrade their current roster talent at all positions under the new regime of Matt Campbell and his staff. One of the positions that needs to be upgraded is the cornerback position, due to the lack of depth and playing in the Big 12 with so many air-raid offenses.
One prospect that the staff is looking to come into Ames and provide an immediate impact is 2017 Jacksonville (Fla.) three-star CB Quran Hafiz. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder has been pursued hard after he decommitted from the Cyclones back in early September.
Since his decommitment from Iowa State, he has taken official visits to Indiana (Oct. 1st), Nebraska (Nov. 12th), Illinois (Nov. 18th). In addition, he has narrowed down his list to four schools: Iowa State, Indiana, Illinois, and Nebraska. He took his final official this past weekend to Iowa State, a visit that was highly-anticipated.
“I had a very nice time on my visit,” Hafiz said. “It was nice to just be in such a relaxing place and just enjoy myself like I did. I have been to Iowa State before, but on this visit I mainly was just around the coaches and eating honestly. I got to hang around with some guys from the team.”
When Hafiz initially committed to Iowa State last summer, after his visit to Ames back in the summer. One of the main reasons for his quick commitment to Iowa State, was his early and solid bond with head coach Matt Campbell and cornerbacks coach D.K. McDonald. During his visit, he had a chance to talk to both of them about what they could see him doing as a Cyclone and what kind of opportunity he may have.
“The message was they're losing three corners and the opportunity is there. Just got to make something out of the opportunity. But I have a great relationship with the coaches, both Coach McDonald and Campbell and the entire staff. I really love those guys, we talk on a daily basis.”
The host for Hafiz’ visit to Iowa State this past weekend was a childhood friend, freshman linebacker Tymar Sutton, a player who has been a host for a lot of different visitors on their officials during the season. Sutton and Hafiz have known each other for quite sometime, so talking and connecting wasn’t too difficult.
“My host was Tymar Sutton, the freshman linebacker. I already knew him and had connections with him from our childhood, so we're kind of close. We have been playing football together since we were kids, so I think it would be pretty easy to go play football with him now.”
Hafiz is set to graduate in December and has already taken all five of his official visits and has narrowed down his list of offers to a top group of four. He is set to make his commitment on Dec. 19th between his four top schools, which are all equal at this point.
“Just how comfortable I am, if I fit the schemes and enjoy the people I have around me and just how I feel about the program and coaches. All of my tip four programs are recruiting me equally hard.”null