5 Questions with Scout.com's Josh Clark

In this story, CN sits down and talks recruiting with Josh Clark, a recruiting analyst for Scout.com. Josh talks about everything from in-state prospect possibilities for the Cyclones to offensive linemen out of state that the Clones might be after. Check it out here.

Williams: Obviously Iowa's had a lot of early success when it comes to in-state recruiting. Besides Tyler Sash and Jordan Bernstine, who are some guys that Iowa State could still go after?


Clark: With Iowa having landed the majority of in-state prospects offered, thus far, and the fact that Iowa State needs to depend on signing a few in-state kids in each class, it will put the pressure on Iowa State to find a few diamonds in the rough within the state. Luckily enough for the Cyclones, I believe there is still another five to seven prospects potentially worthy of an offer after you look past the top five. Iowa State will wait to get a good look at West Branch's Caleb Walter, Southern Cal's John Blessington, and North Scott's Shawn Gerard in camp. I believe all three will have a good shot at earning an offer. Sioux City East's Tre-Darrius Canady is a good enough athlete to warrant a Cyclone offer, and you know the upside is there with Ottumwa offensive lineman Mitch Houk. There will be a couple other linemen that will receive strong looks, including MFL-Marmac's Brian Rodas and Davenport Assumption's Matt Bentler. The Cyclones will also likely give West Des Moines Valley's Alex Sandvig a look, as well, as Williamsburg's Michael O'Rourke at wide receiver, and Des Moines Roosevelt linebacker/defensive end Fabian Brown is another one that has some upside.


Williams: A big need for ISU is on the offensive line. Who are some prospects you see the Cyclones making a run at?


Clark: Looking outside the state of Iowa, I believe Iowa State will some lineman options around the Midwest. They've already extended an offer to Chicago Mount Carmel's Arthur Ray, one of the top center/guard prospects in the Midwest, and I'm sure they will consider doing the same with Chicago Hubbard offensive lineman Keith Otis. Nebraska has a few guys worthy of a look, and I'm sure Iowa State is fully evaluating guys like Kyle Dooley and Luke Pinkelman. Obviously, Iowa State will look at the states of Oklahoma, Texas, and Florida hard for offensive lineman, as well.


Williams: What does your gut tell you about Sash and Bernstine?


Clark:  This will not be the news Cyclone fans are looking to hear, but I stated this two weeks ago before Iowa offered, and I still believe Sash will end up a Hawkeye. I'll have an article on him this week, in which, he is quoted as saying it has always been his dream to play for the Hawkeyes. Iowa has a better shot at Bernstine than do the Cyclones, but there is a chance he could leave the state, too.


Williams: How good are Bernstine, Sandeman, Hundertmark, Nielsen and Sash?


Clark: The topp five in Iowa this year are as good as any top five I have seen since entering this business back in 2000. Greg Coleman, Adrian Arrington, and Matt Bentler's class was suppose to be this good, though, remember and we all know how they've ended up. Right now, it is probably better to say this class's top five has the potential to be as good as any group of prospects from the state of Iowa in a very long time.


Williams: If you had to make a prediction, who is Iowa State's next in-state commitment?


Clark: Looking in-state, I would think Iowa State will have a good chance to landing any of the above mentioned in-state prospects if they decide to offer at camp. I have never been high on making predictions in regards to commitments as it is hard to rely on 17 and 18-year-old kids.


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