Knipfel announced his decision to commit to Iowa State on his Twitter page earlier today.
"I grew up in the stands there (at Iowa State) so I've always wanted to go there and the stars aligned perfectly for me and them," a happy Knipfel told JCFootball.com. "I really like the coaches down there, coach (Tom) Manning and all of the coaches there were really up front with me throughout the whole process and I just knew it was the right place for me to be."
Knipfel is being recruited to play guard by the Cyclones and he will enroll there this summer.
"I'm honestly just happy to have the stressful recruiting process over with," Knipfel noted. "It's hard to know where you fit best, especially when you have good school recruiting you. It's hard to turn the coaches down because you have so much respect for them, but Iowa State is where I wanted to be all along and I think I'll fit in great for them in their offense, whether that's on the left or right side at guard, it really doesn't matter to me."
As a prep in Hampton, Iowa, Knipfel had the opportunity to play at two FCS programs, but once he decided to get his ACL repaired, the Iowa Western program seemed like the best place for him to get to the next level.
"I didn't fully tear (the ACL), but it was close, so after my senior season, I decided to just get it taken care of so it wouldn't be something to worry about in the future," Knipfel recalled. "A couple of days before my surgery, Iowa Western's coaches called and they were like 'we don't care about your injury, we really want you' and that was all I needed to hear because it's a really great program here and I felt like it would be the best place to get back to playing and get the attention of bigger schools."
Knipfel will have four years to play three following the 2017 football season.