Iowa State is off to a solid start in the 2007 recruiting season with the early commitments of Phillip Bates and Anthony Green, but the coaches are just getting started in shaping what this class will look like in February.
It's May, that means coaches hitting the recruiting trail hard. What progress is Iowa State making across the country? Find out here in this CN recruiting report.
Last year the coaches set a tone
by recruiting seven DB's to the squad. They proved that athleticism and speed
were priorities in recruiting and from the looks of things this year won't be
One guy who is on fire as of late
is Hubert Anyiam, a WR out of Garland, Texas. Anyiam currently holds offers from four
schools, including ISU but that list will keep growing the longer he is on the
State has a solid shot at
Another wide-receiver getting a
lot of Cyclone attention is Drew Davis, out of Montebello HS in Denver, Col. Davis was an
all-state performer in Colorado as a junior, and Cyclone fans will
hear his name a lot in the near future. There's significant interest on both
sides in this relationship.
Keep an eye on Bret Harris; a
safety out of MacArthur HS in Irving, Tex. Iowa State recently
joined Nebraska, Arizona
State, Kansas, Kansas State, Arkansas,
Oklahoma State and TCU in offering the Texas athlete.
When looking at Iowa State's roster now, last year's recruiting
class and targets in '07, the linebacker position will be good for years to come
at ISU. Iowa
State has already picked up
the commitment of Anthony Green, but they are in on a few more linebackers as
One guy to keep an eye on is
Broderick Binns, a LB out of Cretin-Derham HS in Minnesota. Binns has received an offer from
State and is currently
weighing his options that are growing every day. Binns would be an impact player
for the Cyclones immediately. He will bring versatility, power and athleticism
wherever he might go.
Kevin Rouse would be one of the
marquee players of this class if he chooses Iowa State. Rouse has a handful of offers from
all over the country but Iowa
State remains in the hunt with this
linebacker out of Illinois. It would be an upset for the Clones
to get Rouse but it is very possible at this point in the process.
Bryce McNaul remains to be a very
possible commit for Iowa State in the near future. McNaul's offer
list is growing but he showed this spring that the Cyclones are on top of his
Cyclone fans have reason to be
concerned with the future of the offensive line so far with the progress of the
Iowa State picked up the commitment of Ben Cotton in the class of '08 but immediate help is needed on the OL in the '07
The two big hitters on Iowa State's list right now are Dave Molk and
Matt Romine. Though their future in Ames looks
shady at the best, Iowa State is still in the ballgame when it
comes to landing both of these big-time recruits. In a perfect world, Iowa State would sign both of these prospects.
Unfortunately, as we all know this world is far away from perfect, but stranger
things have happened.
The good thing for Cyclone fans is
that the coaches aren't bailing on Molk or Romine. They are very much in the
game with these recruits and in addition, they are on the road evaluating other
linemen as that is a priority for this year's class.
They are staying in-state for one
OL prospect in Matt Bentler out of Davenport, Iowa. Expect an offer from Iowa State after camps this summer.
Like the offensive line, running
back is a position of concern for most Cyclone fans. Fortunately for fans, Tony
Alford is doing great so far early on in this year's class.
The most likely of commits is
Charles Opeseyitan. Opeseyitan is an unselfish, athletic back who is in love
with the idea of playing for Coach Alford. He'd be a great fit for Iowa State on and off of the football field.
Greg Williams is another speedy
back holding an offer from Iowa State. He's openly stated that
Iowa State is not one of his favorites at one point but
Williams also didn't rule out the possibility of a career in Ames. He also holds offers
from Pitt, West Virginia, and UCONN.
Remember too that Iowa State signed some solid backs to last
year's class who still aren't even on campus.
Jared Crick is the man at this
position right now. Crick is out of Nebraska but still doesn't hold a Husker
offer. Loyalty is important to Crick and Iowa State has shown that from the beginning.
Look out for the name Steve Watson
Jr. out of Denver, Col. Iowa State has recently entered
the game with this big tight end and there is a lot of mutual interest at this
Billy Chavis is another TE out of
West Brook HS in Beaumont, Texas that Iowa State is showing interest in. He's a guy
who can play anywhere on the field and his offer list proves it. Iowa State
has a legit shot to land this playmaker who is also the teammate of Joe Chaisson, a QB that Iowa State is recruiting.
I wish I had better news about
Iowa State's in-state battle with Iowa in '07. So far, the
news is not good as three of the top four prospects in the state have made early
commitments to Iowa, those being Cody Hundertmark, Tyler Nielsen and Colin Sandeman.
Tyler Sash is still sitting on his
State offer. Is Iowa going to offer him?
Is he a lock to go to the Hawkeyes if the offer does come? I say no, but those
are two big questions heading into the summer.
Jordan Bernstine is still around
but don't put your money on this big-time recruit to ending up in Ames. Bernstine recently
said that he plans on attending two camps in the summer. One being Iowa's camp and the other
will be out of state. This contradicts previous statements saying that he might
not go to Iowa's camp. The good news for Iowa State is
that Bernstine's mother wants him close to home in Des Moines. Unless he
chooses Drake, no college is closer than ISU. How much will that play into it?
We'll see in the future.