CN's Top 10 Iowa Prospects of 07

The state of Iowa will be thick next season with division one prospects compared to recent years. The Iowa State coaches have shown their ability to pick up the key in-state recruits in the past five years but no Iowa class will have the impact on the future of the program like this year's class.

The state of Iowa will be thick next season with division one prospects compared to recent years. The Iowa State coaches have shown their ability to pick up the key in-state recruits in the past five years but no Iowa class will have the impact on the future of the program like this year's class.


Here are my Top 10 recruits in the state of Iowa going into the summer. Keep in mind that I'm not only factoring in talent, but immediate needs for the Cyclones.


10 – Shawn Gerard – 6'4, 195 pound LB – North Scott HS, Eldridge, IA


Shawn Gerald is an undersized LB that would be a project at the next level but the good news is that he has a huge upside. He's yet to see a division one offer at this point but Iowa State, Iowa and Wyoming are hot on his tail. Gerard attended numerous spring practices this year and is very interested in Iowa State. If Iowa State offers, I'd be surprised to see Gerard turn it down after talking to him. In his junior season for North Scott, Gerard recorded 103 tackles, 11 of which were for a loss and had three fumble recoveries for his 7-3 team that lost in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.


9 – Alex Sandvig – 6'1, 175 pound WR – West Des Moines Valley HS


Sandvig is an incredible athlete but he needs to put on at least 20 pounds before he can compete in the Big 12. His brother, Zac Sandvig recently signed with Iowa State in the class of 06 but Alex said that his brother being a Cyclone won't impact his decision on colleges. He currently doesn't have any offers but ISU is very interested and will probably offer after seeing him in camp. Sandvig's pure athleticism makes him worthy of a scholarship.


8 – Caleb Walter – 6'4, 200 pound QB – West Branch, IA


Iowa State has already gained the commitment of Phillip Bates, but don't expect them to stop recruiting Caleb Walter. Walter, who passed for 1,625 yards and 20 touchdowns during his junior year, is an athletic QB with a very strong arm. He's also being recruited as an all around athlete. Walter says that he will play anywhere in college, which will more than likely be the case if he would come to ISU.


7 – Will Eilert – 6'4, 245 pound TE – Grinnell, IA


Will Eilert has been quiet on the recruiting trail so far but expect to hear his name as the summer camps come along. He has solid size at a position that Iowa State is big on in 2007. I'd be very surprised if this big kid out of Grinnell doesn't see an offer before the end of the summer. Eilert has received big-time interest from both Iowa State and Wisconsin as he attended both team's Junior Days. Iowa and Nebraska have requested film.


6 – Mitch Houk – 6'7, 260 pound OL – Ottumwa, IA


Mitch Houk is a kid who has come out of nowhere in the past year. Houk didn't even start on the offensive line during his junior season, but work ethic is what coaches like about this prospect. Houk's number six rating is based purely on potential, which isn't something that Iowa State fans want to hear when talking about the O-Line. He is yet to receive an offer but with his size and OL being a position that Iowa State will be hunting, Houk should receive an offer after camp in the summer. Offensive linemen are often hard to evaluate, but if Houk is legit which I think he is, it would be hard for Iowa State to pass him up.


5 – Tyler Sash – 6'1, 190 pound S – Oskaloosa, IA


Tyler Sash was one of the first prospects in the state to receive an offer from the Cyclones and he's definitely worthy of it. Sash is also a division one basketball recruit for Oskaloosa so athleticism is not a problem. Iowa State is currently Sash's only offer. Many think that if Iowa jumps into the mix, which I think they will, then they will have a good shot at landing Sash, but CN thinks otherwise. At this point, Sash loves the Cyclones and he would be a versatile pickup for Iowa State. Chris Ash has been working on Sash for a long time and I'd be surprised to see the Cyclones miss out on him.


4 – Tyler Nielsen – 6'4, 215 pound LB – Humboldt, IA


To me, Tyler Nielsen is a local version of Kris Means who signed with the Cyclones just last season. He's a powerful linebacker who has the speed of a safety. Nielsen ran a 4.55 at the Iowa City combine a few weeks ago and he's picked up three offers since then from Iowa, Iowa State and Purdue. Expect more to come. Nielsen and teammate Cody Hundertmark were seen at a few Iowa State spring practices so the interest is there on both sides. Nielsen was officially offered by Iowa State last Tuesday but got the offer in person on Thursday when the duo stopped by Iowa State for an unofficial visit. The two were on their way to compete in the Drake Relays. Nielsen is a prospect that would pay off in the immediate future for Iowa State. In three years, the combination of Nielsen and Means could be deadly for John Skladany's defense.


3 – Colin Sandeman – 6'1, 188 pound WR – Bettendorf, IA


Here is an example of how deep this class is. Colin Sandeman would be my top prospect in the state any other year, but when factoring Iowa State's needs, he's slipped to number three. Sandeman is a shorter version of Todd Blythe. What impresses the me most about Sandeman are the routes that he runs. They are crisp and fast with his 4.5 40. Expect that time to drop at camps held this summer. Sandeman has offers from Iowa State, Iowa, Kansas and Wyoming.


2 – Jordan Bernstine – 5'10, 200 pound S – Lincoln HS, Des Moines, IA


With the numbers that Jordan Bernstine put on the board at the Iowa City combine; he might be one of the most touted recruits out of the state of Iowa in history. Bernstine ran a 4.43 40 and it didn't go unnoticed. Bernstine currently has offers from Iowa State, Iowa, UCLA, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Purdue, Kansas and Kansas State. From the looks of things, it would be a monumental upset for Iowa State to sign this kid, but looking deeper into the situation gives the Cyclones a fighter's chance. Bernstine has been vocal about his mother's wishes for him to stay close to home, and there's nowhere closer than Ames, Iowa.


1 – Cody Hundertmark – 6'4, 265 pound DT – Humboldt, IA


Cody Hundertmark is another kid who helped himself out immensely at Iowa City last weekend. Hundertmark now has three offers from Iowa State, Iowa and Indiana. Iowa State offered the athletic DT immediately following the combine last weekend. Hundertmark is number one because he has the ability to make immediate impact on Iowa State's roster. With the departure of Brent Curvey, Iowa State will once again be looking to fill a hole on the DL. Stephon Dale will be ready, but with key departures from numerous players providing depth in that area, Iowa State will address this need immediately. Hundermark is the perfect answer. At 265 pounds, Hundertmark ran a 4.78 40 in Iowa City and looked to be in great shape. He's got a great head on his shoulders and Cyclone fans should be begging for this Humboldt prospect to land in Ames. 




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