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Iowa State National Signing Day Primer

With National Signing Day only a day away, let's take a look at who's already in the fold, who's expected to sign tomorrow, and who Paul Rhoads' staff is hoping to add.

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As has been the usual for Paul Rhoads, the Cyclones' 2013 class is a solid group that leaves very little drama on signing day. Despite some recent decommits in Ernest Suttles (Nebraska), Nigel Tribune (Indiana), and Jalen Barnes (Texas Tech), the most important elements of the class are either on campus, or appear to be very solid verbals.


Emmanuel Bibbs - TE - Yuma, AZ (Arizona Western College)
Aaron Wimberly - RB - Council Bluffs, IA (Iowa Western CC)
Alton Meeks - OLB - Orlando, FL (Boone)
Shawn Curtis - OT - Orlando, FL (Olympia)

The group of early-enrollees is very strong, with former QB Meeks already impressing coaches and with the gap at LB with the graduation of A.J. Klein and Jake Knott, he is making his case for immediate playing time. The two JUCOs in Bibbs and Wimberly turned down extremely high interest from Oklahoma and TCU, respectively, to sign with the Cyclones.


Jake Campos - OT - West Des Moines, IA (Valley)
Rodney Coe - DE - Council Bluffs, IA (Iowa Western CC)
Nick Severs - OT - Macomb, IL (Macomb Senior)
D.A. Williams - CB - St. Augustine, FL (St. Augustine)
Jacob Homa - OG - Brookfield, WI (Brookfield Central)
Trevor Hodge - QB - Perris, CA (Citrus Hill)
Kamari Syrie - S - Hurst, TX (Bell)
Tyler Brown - RB - Lakeland, FL (Lake Gibson)
Alex Leslie - TE - New Braunfels, TX (New Braunfels)
Vernell Trent - DE - Jacksonville, FL (Nathan B. Forrest)
Ryan Glenn - OG - Waukee, IA (Waukee Senior)
Kamari Cotton-Moya - ATH - Bakersfield, CA (Ridgeview)
J.D. Waggoner - DE - Dallas, TX (Jesuit)
Justin Webster - ATH - Houston, TX (Northland Christian)
Brandon Harris - WR - Cedar Hill, TX (Cedar Hill)
Brian Mills - S - Clermont, FL (East Ridge)
Bryan Ajumobi - WR - Grand Prairie, TX (South Grand Prairie)
Joel Lanning - QB - Ankeny, IA (Ankeny)
Justin Madison - DE - Tampa, FL (Robinson)

The headliner among this group is of course, Jake Campos, who is an Army All-American and the lone Rivals 4 star among the commits. Campos spent most of his senior year committed to the Missouri Tigers, but ultimately chose to stay home in Iowa and play in the Big 12. Campos looked very good at the All-American Bowl and has a great shot at being a four year starter at LT for the Cyclones.

Rodney Coe is a former four star running back Iowa commit, who ended up going to Iowa Western CC, with the idea he'd return to Iowa afterwards. However, Iowa asked him to play DL, and well, this Iowa Twitter explosion happened. All this resulted in Coe committing to Iowa State to play... defensive tackle. Cyclone coaches think very highly of him and expect him to push for heavy playing time at Jake McDonough's vacated DT spot right away.

Another name to watch is CB D.A. Williams, who boasts some solid offers from UCF, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest. Williams checks in at 5'10, which is somehow gigantic compared to what we're used to at cornerback.

Justin Madison is the newest commitment, but he appears to be a solid developmental prospect, and went under the radar until recently. Madison racked up 8 sacks in his senior year and possesses a 4.1 GPA.


Davarez Bryant - DE - New Smyrna Beach, FL (New Smyrna Beach): The standout defensive end will decide between Iowa State and Florida State on signing day, and has garnered some interest from Alabama. There are plenty of interviews out there that he really enjoyed his FSU visit, but a source seems confident that Bryant is strongly leaning towards Iowa State at this time.

Johnny Holton - WR - Glen Ellyn, Illinois (College of DuPage): This JUCO wideout was in Ames on a visit last weekend, and holds offers from Wisconsin, Cincinatti, and Kansas, among others. He looks like a raw but talented prospect on video. I was especially impressed with his blocking ability, and Holton seems to have good speed. Johnny will pick between South Alabama, Cincinnati, and Iowa State tomorrow.

Robert Garcia - DE - Tampa, Florida (Jesuit): Garcia was a former USF commit, but opened his recruiting back up after Skip Holtz was fired. The Rivals' 2 star will pick between Iowa State, Navy, and Boston College tomorrow.

For an overview of how other schools around the Big 12 are doing on signing day, Wescott Eberts has you covered.