Sound the sirens! Matt Campbell has reeled in a big one just before National Signing Day.
Iowa State’s secondary has been a strength of the team for the last few years. It’s no secret it has to be strong playing in a pass-happy league such as the Big 12. Today, the strength of ISU’s young defense got just a bit more robust.
Coach Campbell made Keontae Jones a priority over the last few months and that persistence has finally paid off. Jones, a 3-star recruit according to 247Sports, made his commitment known tonight and gives the Cyclones a young play maker in the secondary.
Iowa State has picked up a commitment from longtime priority, safety Keontae Jones. One of the top-rated commits: https://t.co/ALAJ5ezaPm pic.twitter.com/Zxh8WVvBGB— Alex Halsted (@AlexHalsted) January 30, 2017
Jones is the 41st ranked safety in the 2017 class and has a composite ranking of 86. He held offers from Virginia Tech, Indiana and Cincinnati. Keontae is also the brother of ISU freshman standout, Deshaunte Jones.
committed. pic.twitter.com/fa1TQZ2JlH— Keontae' Jones⁶ (@keontaejones3) January 30, 2017
Keontae has great speed that allows him to cover all areas of the field. To go along with that, he has shown the ability to return punts and flip field position — something that Iowa State could use for many years to come. Keontae should be given a shot to play in year one if he can prove himself during camp, considering how much the secondary rotated under John Heacock.
You can check out his 2016 highlights below.
Stay tuned for more recruiting news this week. National Signing Day is this Wednesday!