Before the season gets underway, I wanted to share some recruiting notes I have for the 2020 class. As of right now, Iowa State has nineteen commits on board for the 2020 class, and as we get closer and closer to the early signing period, there aren’t many spots left before the class fills up and it’s on to 2021. I know Iowa State is going to be targeting the defensive side more since they need more bodies there, but I wanted to kick off this two-part piece and talk about the remaining 2020 offensive targets that are on the board. I tried to keep this board as realistic as possible since not every kid that is offered is interested. So if you don’t see a certain player, don’t freak and feel free to ask me on Twitter (@DerekDuke25) or shoot me an email (DerekDuke25@yahoo.com) and I will be more than happy to get the answers you need. Let’s get started, shall we?
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With Hunter Dekkers and Aidan Bouman already on board, the Cyclones have no worries here. On to running back.
Right now, the Cyclones have 3-Star running back Miyan Williams (Cincinnati, OH) committed and here are some other targets on the board.
3-Star RB Stacy Sneed (Arlington, TX): It has been a few weeks since I have spoken with Stacy, but the last time we did, the one Big 12 school that really stuck out to him was Texas Tech. He mentioned taking a possible visit to Lubbock in the fall.
3-Star RB Latarious Hill (Melbourne, FL): Didn’t have long to chat with Latarious, but he told me,“It’s been awhile since I talked with the staff but I am still high on Iowa State and I want to hopefully take a visit soon.”
3-Star RB Terry Lindsay (Fort Myers, FL): Terry told me that he hasn’t talked with the staff much since the spring. Although he didn’t tell me his entire top five, when I asked him if Iowa State was in his top five, his response was, “Yes, Definitely.” Although the Cyclones remain in his top five, I think they will stay on the outside on this one.
3-Star RB Elelyon Noa (La Mesa, CA): I wasn’t able to get a hold of Elelyon this time around, but back in early July, he told me that he was keeping in touch with the staff on a regular basis (Specifically with Coach McDonald). As of now, he still hasn’t said whether he would take an official visit to Ames yet.
Iowa State has three current wide out commits in Daniel Jackson, Xavier Hutchinson and Aidan Bitter, but it is possible that they could add one more for the 2020 class.
4-Star WR James Frenchie (Saint Louis, MO): Here is what you need to know. James went on four visits in the last year or so. Three of those have be unofficial visits to Illinois. I would be shocked if he doesn’t land there. Although, if Lovie Smith gets let go after another bad year, things could get interesting.
3-Star WR Kaleb Long (Tampa, FL): I know for a fact that Florida State is doing all they can to get Kaleb, but other than that, this one doesn’t involve Iowa State getting serious interest here.
3-Star WR Matt Polk (Scottsdale, AZ): He has only been on two official visits, one to Cal and the other to Oklahoma State. To my knowledge, if he doesn’t sign with the Cowboys, he will stay in Pac-12 country.
3-Star WR Chris Scott (Pickerington, OH): Chris is still waiting for other schools to come along, and, trust me, they will. His recruitment remains wide open now.
3-Star WR Latrell Caples (Lancaster, TX): I just missed him earlier this week and I will be in contact with Latrell this weekend sometime. I will be sure to post that in the next few days for an update. As for as I understand, Iowa State is a very big player in his recruitment.
3-Star WR T.J. Tampa (Saint Petersburg, FL): I mentioned this last week in a small piece I did about T.J. Nothing has changed since then, and Iowa State was in his top seven schools along with USF, UCF, Toledo, Rutgers, Maryland and Wake Forest. He told me that he will take an official visit to Iowa State, but no date has been set yet.
3-Star WR Kaden Jackson (Florissant, MO): Kaden told me that he has had “very little” contact with the staff, and although he took a visit back in April, he probably isn’t coming back. Right now, he said that his top schools are Northern Iowa, Eastern Michigan and Ball State.
WR Densa Washington (Belle Glade, FL): Densa has been in recent contact with the staff and he did say they he “Wants to” take an official visit to Ames sometime this season.
WR Deamontae Diggs (Mckeesport, PA): I am not going to lie to you, I have no idea about Deamontae. I tried to get in contact with him, but no luck. I do know that right now, Iowa State remains his only power five offer.
3-Star TE Donovan Johnson (Plano, TX): His recruitment is still wide open, but I will say that I feel like he will end up at Arkansas, Nebraska or LSU. I think the Cyclones have some work to do here if they want to catch up.
Iowa State has four offensive line commitments for the 2020 class and while they may easily be done there, I think it is possible that they may add a JUCO guy or sign someone from high school. You will see in some of these comments that Iowa State is being very selective since they don’t have much room left in the class.
JUCO OT Martin Veinburg (Iowa Western CC): Martin had plenty to say about Iowa State. In fact, here is part of what he told me during our conversation the other day. “When I first came to IWCC in the spring, the ISU coaches were the first ones I met and talked to. We have been keeping in touch and it was awesome to finally get the offer. I’ve heard a lot of great things about Iowa State from my coaches and they all seem like great people and great coaches.” Martin told me that the earliest he would be able to visit would be in December and that will make him sign in February. He did mention that Iowa State is one of his top schools.
JUCO OT Brandon Coleman (Trinity Valley CC): I’ll just cut right to what Brandon told me. “Right now, me and the Iowa State coaches have been talking here and there but not really on a regular basis. Am I considering them as an option? Yeah, but there are other schools that have been recruiting me harder and laid out my whole situation at their program for when I come in January.”
JUCO OT Riden Leong (Orange Coast College): I will save you some time and tell you that his top schools are TCU, Boise State and Iowa State. However, he said that Iowa State never gave him his “official offer” so that was concerning a bit. Riden is someone to keep an eye until his announcement.
3-Star OT Evan Webster (Wauchula, FL): Florida State seems to be the popular choice here and I would have to agree. Evan remains a bit of an unknown though.
3-Star OT Jalen Travis (Minneapolis, MN): Jalen told me he is off and on when talking with the staff, but he did tell me this about Iowa State. “It is a really great program and they have a lot of really great things going on within the football culture. Coach Campbell relays a message of family and it is really a players first program that I like a lot.” And as far as a visit goes Jalen said, “I am possibly coming down for the Iowa game. Not sure yet because I just have to figure out my schedule.”
2-Star OT Traevon Williams (Saint Louis, MO): I couldn’t get ahold of Traevon and although he doesn’t have a ton of offers, his offers include Kansas, Purdue, Iowa State, Missouri, Oklahoma and Illinois. I will try and dig up some more here.
3-Star OG Andrew Rummary (Surprise, AZ): Andrew told me that he was told that the Cyclones were full on the offensive line at the moment. So, he will be looking elsewhere.
3-Star JUCO OG Mose Jeffery (Kilgore JC): This guy is very interesting, and you should be keeping an eye on Mose. He told me that he “Hasn’t head from Iowa State in awhile but Baylor talks to me every day.” He has been to both schools and told me flat out that Baylor leads his recruitment. Iowa State offered him the ability to enroll this month and redshirt (On scholarship), but now Baylor has an open spot, and if everything checks out with Mose, Baylor will be able to offer him as a 2019 class member and enroll immediately. However, it is still possible that he must play another year at the JUCO level and then make his decision in December. Apparently, we will find out more this weekend about it, and as soon as I hear something, I will be sure to post it.
3-Star Center Andrew Ueli-Faatoalia (La Habra, CA): Last time I spoke with Andrew, he was still wide open in his recruitment and it appears that nothing has changed there.