Iowa State had a large group of visitors this past weekend on-hand when they squared off with the West Virginia Mountaineers. Most of the focus was on the weekend 2017 and 2018 targets that were on campus. However, the Thursday before the game and before all the visitors got there, the Cyclones held one important future prospect in 2019 Minneapolis, MN OT Quinn Carroll.
“I was toured around campus, through the facilities, weight room, stadium, etc.,” Carroll said about his visit. “I spent time getting to know Coach Manning and Coach Campbell. I sat in on an offensive line meeting and had a 1-on-1 meeting with Coach Campbell. I was blown away by the last 45 minutes of practice where each position coach went through and told there seniors what they appreciate about them in front of the whole team, since Saturday is the last game of the season.”
Prior to his visit to Ames this past Friday, he was at Wisconsin the following Saturday. Only a day after his visit to Iowa State, he was at Iowa and Michigan State Saturday. One of the highlights of his busy two weeks full of visits, was getting to sit down and hear the interest that Campbell and the staff had in the young Carroll.
“I had a meeting with Coach Campbell when he made the offer, but other than that I meet just about every coach and spent most of my time with Coach Manning and Coach Ayeni. But the highlight was hearing the interest from Coach Campbell and his staff, they really like what they see on film and feel like I really fit what they're looking for as far as offensive lineman goes. The time when coach Campbell offered me a scholarship would have to be my favorite part.”
It’s not too often that high school football players receive serious interest from a Division I football program following their freshman season, especially in the state of Minnesota. Iowa State was his first offer of his early recruiting process, a sign that Carroll will most likely be one of the top prospects in the 2019 recruiting class coming within the next few years. As a result, the staff is looking to form an early bond.
“We are still getting to know each other but I really enjoyed getting to know him and his players. I love those guys, very complementary and do a great job of welcoming me. I like how they are such a young staff that has the ability to connect with a younger college crowd.”