An intriguing recruitment to follow moving forward will be that of Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain defensive back Keontae Jones. Aside from being a very talented prospect in the 2017 class and attending a powerhouse program in Ohio, Keontae's brother Deshaunte Jones was a signee in the 2016 class for Iowa State and Matt Campbell. Can Kirk Ferentz pluck away the brother of a Cyclone? He tried last year with the Farniok family but came up empty. How will the second try go?
It is just in the beginning stages but the Hawkeyes are in striking distance. Keontae saw both Iowa and Iowa State over the weekend.
"The Iowa visit went very well," Jones admitted to Scout. "They have a good business program. They also have a very high graduation percentage and that is something that is important to me. I talked to Coach Ferentz and Coach Bell. They both spoke about education and how it will make you a better football player."
"I liked the Iowa State visit as well," Keontae continued. "I liked the spring game. I was able to speak with Coach Campbell some and I met with most of the other coaches. I enjoyed the atmosphere and how everyone came to support them. Everyone around there was all Iowa State."
Do either of the Iowa schools have a leg up on the rest of the competition? The answer is they both do, along with another Big Ten program.
"Iowa and Iowa State were both already high on my list," Keontae shared. "They're both on top right now with Indiana. It's like a three-way tie."
Though he has released some favorites publicly for the first time in his recruitment, a decision is not near for Jones.
"I want to take all of my official visits so I likely won't be making my college decision until after my senior season," Jones stated.
According to Keontae himself, the fact that Deshaunte Jones has signed with Iowa State and will be in Ames in the Fall is not an advantage for the Cyclones.
"It doesn't really help Iowa State," he pointed out about having his brother on campus in the Fall. "I want to go somewhere that fits me. Iowa State could be that place but it also could be another place. My brother does not play a huge role."
Keontae Jones also responded to the question if he would be able to attend Iowa and face his brother in a heated rivalry every year. He was not shy with his response.
"Oh yeah, easy," Keontae answered. "I'd probably have to guard him and I'd lock him down."