InsideTheSpartans.com takes a look at both starting lineups and figures out each player’s star rating coming out of high school. We then add them out, divide them out, and break down the offensive and defensive side of the football.
Of course, star ratings aren’t everything, but they can be an indicator of what to expect. Considering Saturday’s matchup is a battle between Big 12 and Mountain West programs, this breakdown gives a closer look at how big the gap might actually be between the two programs.
Overall the Iowa State Cyclones have an advantage in star ratings on both sides of the ball, but the gap isn’t as wide as you might think. The two teams are especially close on offense where ISU holds an advantage of only .18 stars per starter. The Cyclones have two four-star recruits, three three-star recruits and six players who were two-stars or unrated out of high school. The Spartans also have a four-star - grad transfer Deontae Cooper. When it comes to experience in the program, the Spartans’ starters have had more time to season as well by just under half a year in the program per player.
The defense is another story, however. Both teams have impressive secondaries with three three-star recruits each, but Iowa State maintains the biggest advantage of all with its front seven. The Spartans have only players who were two-star recruits or unrated, while Iowa State has a defensive line full of three-star athletes. The Cyclones are also slightly more experienced on defense as well.
|San Jose State Projected Offense||Iowa State Projected Offense|
|QB||Kenny Potter||**||2||QB||Joel Lanning||***||4|
|RB||Deontae Cooper||****||1||RB||Mike Warren||***||3|
|WR||Justin Holmes||***||3||WR||Dondre Daley||**||5|
|WR||Tim Crawley||*||4||WR||Allen Lazard||****||3|
|WR||Bailey Gaither||**||5||WR||Trever Ryen||*||3|
|LT||Troy Kowalski||**||2||RT||Julian Good-Jones||***||2|
|LG||Jeremiah Kolone||**||4||RG||Brian Seda||*||4|
|C||Keoni Taylor||**||4||C||Brian Bobek||****||1|
|RG||Chris Gonzalez||**||4||LG||Patrick Scoggins||**||2|
|RT||Evan Sarver||**||5||LT||Nick Fett||*||5|
|TE||Billy Freeman||**||5||TE||Justin Chandler||**||3|
|San Jose State Projected Defense||Iowa State Projected Defense|
|DE||Nick Oreglia||*||5||DE||Mitchell Meyers||***||5|
|DT||Bryson Bridges||**||2||NG||Demond Tucker||***||2|
|DT||Owen Roberts||**||3||DT||Pierre Aka||***||5|
|DE||Isaiah Irving||*||4||DE||Jhaustin Thomas||***||2|
|LB||Ethan Aguayo||*||2||LB||Kane Seeley||**||5|
|LB||Frank Ginda||**||3||LB||Reggan Northrup||**||3|
|LB||William Ossai||*||4||LB||Willie Harvey||**||3|
|CB||Andre Chachere||***||3||CB||Brian Peavy||***||3|
|CB||Dakari Monroe||***||2||CB||Jomal Wiltz||***||2|
|S||Trevon Bierria||**||2||S||Mike Johnson||***||2|
|S||Maurice McKnight||***||3||S||Kamari Cotton-Moya||**||4|
We identified zero players who were offered by both Iowa State and San Jose State that both ended up committing to either school and are on either team’s roster year. Digging back within a six-year period that would that a player could theoretically still have college eligibility, San Jose State won all three recruiting battles.
Most notably, class of 2010 defensive back Bene Benwikere went on to San Jose State over ISU and had a career that sent him to the NFL. He currently plays for the Carolina Panthers.
Two other players committed to San Jose State over Utah State.
Class of 2012 linebacker Lemaki Musika committed to San Jose State over offers from Iowa State and San Diego State. He joined the team, but parted ways with remaining eligibility.
Class of 2010 cornerback Dennis Rufus committed to San Jose State over offers from Iowa State, Idaho and four other Mountain West schools, but eventually went the junior college route and then committed to Idaho.
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