Matt Campbell and Co. continue to fill out the 2020 class at a blistering pace, adding yet another commitment, their 13th total and 4th this week.
100% COMMITTED. Please respect my decision. pic.twitter.com/pmoVjrqJJW— Clone Cone Machine (@clonecone58) June 25, 2019
“I saw all of these players committing, and decided that I just had to get on board and become part of this truly special class”, 2020 prospect Clone Cone Machine (@clonecone58) told reporters this morning.
The most recent commitment is a home-grown talent, hailing from Ames, IA. Clone Cone Machine is listed as a 6’5”, 350 pound defensive linemen.
Clone Cone Machine has largely flown under the radar throughout the recruitment process. While he will be classified as a 2020 recruit, his eligibility has been maintained for quite some time. And while Kirk Ferentz and Chris Klieman offered him this year, Charlie Weis and Mark Mangino are the only other coaches rumored to have pursued him in the past.
Coach Eli Rasheed is surely happy to have an incoming player with the size and skill to play right away. Clone Cone Machine camped with the Cyclones this weekend, where his athleticism was on full display. In fact, word on the street is that Campbell offered him on the spot after watching him dominate the cone drill.
Coach Rasheed noted that while he has a huge motor, it took awhile for him to get flowing once the ball was snapped. Additionally, he is coming to Ames equipped with an excellent spin move, and showed ability to freeze the tackle when playing on the edge. The coaching staff also expects they’ll be able to add a twist to his arsenal as well.
Areas of concern include conditioning, as the coaching staff noticed that his effort slowly melted as the day wore on, which was a bit concerning. His ability to bend and stay low is also something that the coaches will need to improve, though his bulk may mitigate that somewhat.
Check out Clone Cone Machine’s highlights below.