Rest easy Cyclone fans. Iowa State will assuredly have a 2016 football recruiting class. The lone school in the Big 12 to not secure a gridiron recruit for the '16 class to date, ISU is finally on the board.
Local prep, Carson Lensing of South Winneshiek was the first to pledge to the Cyclones, announcing via Twitter.
Lensing plays on both sides of the ball currently, but projects to the defensive side in the college ranks and at 6'4" 225-pounds, he has the frame to play on the defensive line. A two-star recruit according to Rivals, video of Lensing can be found here.
The next '16 commit came from a little further away as Dennis (D.J.) Wonnum apparently drove 13 hours from Stone Mountain, Georgia to get to Ames, but fell in love with the campus immediately and gave Paul Rhoads the good news before heading home.
A 3-star TE prospect according to 247Sports, Wonnum also had offers from schools like South Florida, Cal and Kansas. He stands 6'3" 220-pounds, which doesn't exactly fit the traditional tight end mold, meaning that Iowa State likely sees him as more of a match-up threat in the passing game as opposed to extra help in run-blocking sets.
The third commit is actually joining Iowa State immediately as part of the '15 class. Kendall Williams, a RB out of Butte College in California and one-time Arizona commit, will be in Ames for the start of fall camp.
The reasons why Williams and Arizona parted ways aren't exactly clear, but timing and circumstance appeared to bring Williams and Iowa State together as Williams was looking for a school and with the recent scholarship opening after Martinez Syria's dismissal, the Cyclones needed a running back.
Alex Halsted from allcyclones.com had a chance to talk with Williams and in the piece pointed out that Williams will have two years to play, but could possibly apply for a third year given that he missed the entire 2014 season with a fractured hip.
Iowa State assistant coach Shane Burnham Tweeted out on Saturday that over 2,000 young men had been on campus for various camps in the month of June, meaning that more commitments could possibly be on the way.
Over 2000 campers have been on campus this June! Love the energy these guys bring to the field. pic.twitter.com/bnqOYvUa7J— Coach Shane Burnham (@ShaneBurnham52) June 20, 2015