Matt Campbell loves lineman and this class thus far has three road graders highlighted, by Joey Ramos and two in-state prospects. I think Cyclone fans are going to be very pleased with these three gentleman for next few years.
Joey Ramos - Arizona
Ramos was one of Iowa State’s top targets over the last year and their effort on recruiting him paid off last night when he committed to Iowa State. Ramos was heavily sought after on the west coast by Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Arizona State.
Ramos is considered one of the top offensive tackles in the 2018 class. He has great size and could be one to compete for playing time the minute he steps foot onto Iowa State’s campus. His ability to use his hands and make impact blocks is one of his top skills that made him so appealing to many schools.
Trevor Downing - Iowa
Trevor Downing was an in-state priority for Iowa State. He chose the Cyclones over Iowa early on in 2017. Matt Campbell offered Downing almost immediately after taking the job at Iowa State in 2015. Downing will enroll early at Iowa State and plans to get to work right away in developing his game.
Downing is already physically impressive sitting at 6ft 5inches tall and 290 pounds. He has the ability to play both on the interior and outside offensive line. His level of explosion and strength already without a college level strength system is something to see. Once Iowa State gets a a hold of him, Downing will be able to jump to an even higher level.
Zach Ross - Iowa
Last, but not least, is Dowling Catholic commit Zach Ross. Ross spent his senior season out with an ACL injury. Ross was another in-state priority for the Cyclones, and made his verbal commitment back in May. Ross had another offer from Colorado State. Iowa and Minnesota were looking into him more as time went on.
Ross possess the nasty attitude a lineman must have to play at a high level. His size certainly fits into that personality. Ross is listed at 6ft 3inches tall and 300 pounds. More than likely he will play at the guard position. His strengths already are in run blocking, and he will have to fine tune his pass blocking. Nothing that Tom Manning can’t deal with.