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Bacon Bits: Iowa State Football Recruiting Notes (5/4/20)

Iowa State is throwing out a lot of 2022 offers while the 2021 class is shaping up.

After a really heavy week of commits last week, Iowa State didn’t pick up any commitments, but they did hand out some offers.

The staff hit the state of Missouri hard on Monday, offering three kids in the class of 2022. A variety of players across the country were offered in the last week, and I got the chance to talk with all but two of them.

All ratings are according to

New Offers (4/27/20-5/3/20)

Monday, April 27th

2022 WR Jason Essex (Kansas City, MO)- Iowa State is his first offer.

2022 TE Gracen Bell (Lee’s Summit, MO)- Iowa State is his first offer.

“I’m thrilled, it’s a fantastic opportunity to play for an amazing coaching staff and program. I loved their tight end production last year from what I watched. I think I would do well in their scheme, I like to think I’m a versatile player and I’ll do whatever a team needs.”

2022 3-star CB Caldra Willdord (St. Louis, MO)- Offers from Central Michigan, Kansas, Minnesota and Ohio.

“I really had been waiting on Iowa State offer for a while now. I believe they’re changing the program around and are trying to build a legacy. (D.K. McDonald) seems like a great coach, and I can’t wait to get on campus and check everything out... Coach DK said I could play every position at DB such as Corner, Safety, and The Nickel. I believe I’d fit great into their scheme. I’m comfortable anywhere on the field.”

2021 3-star DT Tyler Onyedim (Richmond, TX)- Offers from Boston College, Grambling State, Hawaii, Houston Baptist, #BeatIncarnateWord, Lamar, Nevada, New Mexico, North Texas, Texas Southern, Texas State and UTSA.

“I’m really honored and blessed to receive an offer from Iowa State, I honestly can’t wait to visit.”

Thursday, April 30th

2021 3-star S Devin Lemear (Manor, TX)- Offers from Air Force, Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Boise State, California, Houston, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisiana, Mississippi State, Missouri, SMU, TCU, Texas Tech, Utah and UTSA.

“I’m really appreciative of the opportunity. The staff and I just started building relationships but I’m definitely interested in what Iowa State has to offer. To be honest, I’m not a guy that chases a logo. I simply chase the right opportunity that fits me best. So I’m extremely open to learning more about what they have to offer. All of that makes Iowa State interesting. I have lots to learn.”

2021 DE Davon Townley (Minneapolis, MN)- Offers from Central Michigan, Minnesota and Morgan State.

“I think it’s an awesome program and I’m highly thankful the offer.”

Friday, May 1st

2022 4-star QB AJ Duffy (Moreno Valley, CA)- Offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Boston College, BYU, Cal, Colorado, Colorado State, Florida State, LSU, Miami (FL), Michigan State, NC State, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, Penn State, Rutgers, UNLV, Utah, Utah State, Washington State and USC.

2023 ATH Jacobe Johnson (Mustang, OK)- Offers from Baylor, Memphis, Michigan, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

“I was very excited about (the offer.) Most of the time I don’t have words to say, but and I really do love their program because they compete in the Big 12 every year. That’s a Division I school which is the highest it goes. Also, the coach that offered is me is from Mustang and he was a cool dude, very cool. I look forward to getting a good relationship with him and the coaching staff.”

Made the Cut

2021 3-star DE Hayden Nelson (Brookfield, WI) Top nine is Air Force, Buffalo, Coastal Carolina, Indiana, Iowa State, North Dakota State, Syracuse, Western Michigan and Wyoming. Commitment date: May 4.

2021 3-star TE Landon Morris (La Grange Park, IL)- Top three is Iowa State, Syracuse and UCF. Commitment date: May 26.