Iowa State commit Coal Flansburg breaks down what next ahead of NSD
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Straight to the questions this week.
Who are the cyclones looking at to fill out the rest of 2019? — @TigerTweets23
These are some names to keep an eye on …
Tre’Von Morgan, WR — Morgan, a 6-foot-5 receiver built like Hakeem Butler who comes from Matt Campbell’s hometown of Massillon, Ohio, officially visited Iowa State last weekend. It doesn’t sound like he’s in any rush to make a decision, but you’d have to say the Cyclones are strong contenders among his avalanche of recent offers and interest. He’s planning to sign in February.
Ahmarean Brown, WR — Brown confirmed to me that he’ll officially visit Iowa State this weekend. Originally a Maryland commit, the three-star Florida prospect received his Cyclones offer when he was a freshman. Cyclones coaches visited him in Tampa this week. He also officially visited Minnesota last weekend. He wants to sign and enroll early, so things could develop quickly here.
Skylar Loving-Black, TE — Iowa State offered the three-star California product a couple weeks ago, and tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh visited him last week. Loving-Black has also fielded in-home visits from Wyoming and Utah State over the past couple weeks.
Charles Njoku, WR/TE — The brother of Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku, Charles is a three-star prospect out of New Jersey. He’s added recent offers from Iowa State and Nebraska, and he told me he’s working on scheduling an official visit in Ames. Indiana and Purdue, among others, have also offered.
Jarrad Baker, CB — Baker officially visited Iowa State back in June. He’s taken all five of his officials, with the other trips at Arizona State, Central Florida, Arizona State and most recently Baylor last weekend. He’s a three-star prospect out of Florida.
Tyreke Harrison, CB — A Georgia State recruit, Harrison picked up a Cyclones offer last week. The Florida native officially visited Georgia State last weekend and confirmed to me he’ll officially visit Iowa State this weekend. You’d think Iowa State is positioned pretty dang well here.
Tuasivi Nomura, LB — Since Caleb Johnson decommitted in October, Nomura has been Iowa State’s main linebacker target. He’s taken official visits to Iowa State and Utah State. He’s a three-star California product.
Willie O’Hara, LB — If things fall through with Nomura, I’d keep an eye on O’Hara. A Dowling Catholic graduate, O’Hara broke an Iowa Western program record with a jaw-dropping 164 tackles this season. His head coach, Scott Strohmeier, absolutely loves O’Hara and thinks he’s a sure-fire FBS linebacker — and he’s seen plenty of talent come through the Reivers program. O’Hara told me he hasn’t heard from Iowa State. Things would need to fall a certain way for the Cyclones to reach out, but I think it’s in the realm of possibility. O’Hara is a December graduate, though. So, if Iowa State or another FBS doesn’t express interest soon, he’ll need to decide if he wants to go the FCS route or extend his recruitment into the spring.
Michael Zachary, Nick Singleton, WR — Both are slot receivers from Iowa Western. I’m not writing this to say I’ve heard Iowa State is tied to either. But I am saying I saw them in person, and they’re high-level guys. Certainly, things would have to fall through with several targets in order for Iowa State to turn their way. But it’s nice to have these kinds of junior college options in your state. Zachary, another Dowling alumnus, has offers from North Dakota State, Lamar and Tennessee-Martin.
DK Blaylock decommitted from ISU. Any thoughts on landing Njoku or Morgan to fill that spot? Reason for the decommitment? — @wiggitwiggit
In case you missed it: DK Blaylock, a three-star receiver out of Texas, re-opened his recruitment on Tuesday after being committed to Iowa State since late June.
“Some stuff is going on right now,” Blaylock told me Wednesday morning. “I’ll let you know (soon) what’s the plan about it all.”
Take that as you will. Blaylock’s friend, three-star running back Garrison Johnson, is a North Texas recruit, and the Mean Green have some nice recruiting momentum with head coach Seth Littrell turning down Power Five interest to stay put. According to his 247Sports profile, Blaylock doesn’t hold a North Texas offer, but it’d be hard to believe there wouldn’t be mutual interest if a former Big 12 recruit wants to join the Mean Green.
That’s all speculation, though. No matter what Blaylock decides to do, it sounds like he’ll act before too long.
In regards to Morgan and Njoku, I’d say Iowa State has a good shot with both. In fact, that could be another reason Blaylock decommitted. He may have seen the writing on the wall and wanted to join play somewhere that isn’t trying to recruit multiple big, tall guys like him at his position.
Cyclones FB has far more offers out than spots available (as do all programs). What happens if more recruits want to commit than scholarships are available? First come, first served? — @ted_rood
This is a situation that all college football programs encounter. It’s more common for a school that hands out as many offers as Iowa State. But it happens with schools who don’t offer nearly as much as well.
When you hear people talk about a school “backing off” a prospect or “not taking” a commitment, they’re referring to what Ted is asking about.
The Cyclones trust their ability to identify prospects early, and they hope those longstanding relationships will helm them land prospects in the end. I’ve been on the record saying I don’t mind that method. It can clearly work.
But there’s a major caveat: The school must be transparent with the kids it offers. If a sophomore receives an offer and thinks Iowa State will accept his commitment no matter what, while Iowa State coaches are offering on the condition that the kid continues to grow and show a certain level of improvement … that’s a problem.
I’ve lost count of how many prospects, parents and coaches have told me how honest and genuine Cyclones coaches are, so I don’t think this is an issue in Ames.
As long as kids aren’t being misled, then everything is fair game.
And, if kids aren’t being misled, it’s not nearly as big — or painful — a problem when you don’t have as many open slots as you do outstanding offers.
Matthew Bain covers college football and basketball recruiting for the Des Moines Register. He also helps out with Iowa and Iowa State football and basketball coverage for HawkCentral and Cyclone Insider. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.
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