The road leading up to National Signing Day has certainly been an eventful one for the Iowa State football staff. They've been recruiting hard, trying to make their first class as Cyclones one that will make an impact on the field.
Earlier this morning, 247Sports' Steve Wiltfong broke the news that former Georgia Bulldog quarterback, Jacob Park, will sign with ISU tomorrow, giving Matt Campbell and staff another QB to work with during the upcoming season. I highly recommend you read the story in the tweet below, as it contains some great quotes about Park's thoughts on the ISU staff's recruiting tactics. Here's a small sample:
"Coach Campbell, he's the most down to earth coach I've ever met," Park said. "Coach Golesh is like talking to my big brother. (Passing game coordinator) Coach (Jim) Hofher is like the best teacher. I spent 45 minutes in the room for him for two days and learned more in those 45-minute sessions than I did in my whole time at Georgia.
BREAKING: Former #Georgia QB Jacob Park talks about his 2nd chance at #IowaState, will sign with #Cyclones tomorrow: https://t.co/m6lKfkw5iH— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) February 2, 2016
Park was rated a 4-star prospect in the high school class of 2013, and was considered the 93rd best player overall according to 247's rankings. He spent a year on the team at the University of Georgia before leaving in 2015 due to a lack of playing time. Since leaving, he ended up at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and will get his associate's degree there in May.
Out of high school, Park's offer list was nothing short of amazing. He held offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Notre Dame and Tennessee among others. He has nice measurables, standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 202 pounds.
With Park's commitment, Iowa State's recruiting class figures to rise in the national rankings. Scout.com currently has the Cyclones claiming the 47th best class overall. Once they update, and add any other prospects that could commit before the end of National Signing Day on Wednesday, ISU will likely have their best class since the McCarney era coming in this fall.
All signs point to Park battling head-to-head with Joel Lanning for the starting job during fall camp. Lanning likely holds the upper hand due to experience and time on the roster, but if Park ends up making a big push to be the starter, then that's great for ISU. Competition fosters greatness!
Check out some of Park's highlights from high school in the video below.