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National Cyning Day Recap: Wide Receivers

You can never have too many downfield threats.

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Despite only losing two to graduation this year, Matt Campbell and Co. still managed to snag four new wide outs to help in both the long and short term. Pettway and Jones may be headed out the door, but coming in now are four potential big time stand outs.


One of the headlining gets for Iowa State was Xavier Hutchinson out of Blinn Community College. Xavier was ranked as the 10th best receiver of the his class, 12th in the state of Texas and 74th in the nation. Coming in at 6’3 and 200 lbs, there’s a good chance that someone with his size and ability should see playing time right away.

Xavier posted 958 yards on 62 receptions and a total of 7 touchdowns while at Blinn. He fielded multiple Division One offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Boise State.


While not a big name on the national radar, Aidan comes to Ames by way of Steinbrenner High School in Lutz, Florida. Iowa State was the biggest offer Aidan garnered, but the Floridian had a solid high school career by putting up over 1,700 yards and 22 career TD’s.

Bitter will more than likely be someone to keep an eye on as he develops over time in Ames, but from early views he’s shown to be someone with a lot of potential.


Perhaps the best of the three incoming freshman and the younger brother of Oklahoma defensive end Mark Jackson, Daniel is coming to Ames standing at 6’1 and 210 pounds. The Texas native has had a solid career in two seasons at the high school level, nabbing over 1,200 yards on 88 receptions to go along with his 11 touchdowns.

The All-American Bowl participant garnered interest from over half the programs in the Big 12, and also had offers from Arizona State, USC, and Arkansas.


Tell Kirby Smart he can take his offer back Between the Hedges and fire it into the sun, because despite the late offer from Georgia, TJ Tampa still signed with Iowa State.

T.J., a St. Petersburg, Florida native, held off until after the chaos of signing day to stand pat in the choice he’d made all along.

The 6’1 wide out managed to put up over 1,300 yards as an upperclassman at Lakewood high school. Tampa also managed to haul in 15 touchdowns over those two seasons as well.

Tampa seems to be a very intriguing piece to this class of talented receivers due to the interest he drew late.

Plus he’s the only receiver to give an interview to your favorite website.