Iowa State coach Matt Campbell talks about his team’s offensive struggles against the Hawkeyes last week.
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If any of you reading this are like me, you are way, way too into fantasy football.
I’m in two leagues this year — one with eight teams, another with 14. My opponent obliterated me in the eight-team league, so I’m over that.
But the other loss … 109.04 to 107.16.
And if Todd Gurley scores from the 5-yard line on his rush with 3:19 left, I win. So, if there are any other pouting fantasy football losers out there, let’s have a meeting or something. I’ll bring the ice cream.
Until then, welcome, once again, to the Cyclone recruiting mailbag. Let’s get to it.
What kind of impact would KyKy Tandy bring? More of a pass PG or Matt Thomas catch and shoot? — @HuntelaarN
We discussed this in our weekly Facebook Live session. In case you missed it: Dekeyvan “KyKy” Tandy, a four-star top-100 point guard from Kentucky, told the Register he’s planning an official visit to Iowa State on Sept. 26-28.
Tandy is a skilled passer, but his best attribute right now is his scoring. I don’t see him as pass-first or a Matt Thomas catch-and-shoot; I’d classify him more as a score-first point guard. He is absolutely electric on the floor from all three levels. If the shifty, 6-foot-1 guard is given freedom in college, he can wreak havoc on defenses.
(That’s why Iowa has a good chance here. Steve Prohm lets his point guards have freedom.)
A while back, I wrote a story on Iowa freshman C.J. Fredrick. I talked a lot to his uncle, Joe Fredrick, for the story. Joe is an assistant at Covington Catholic, a juggernaut program in Kentucky, and he’s got his finger on the pulse of the state’s basketball scene.
We’ve stayed in touch since the story on C.J., and we’ve discussed Tandy.
Fredrick loves the kid.
“Kid is a shotmaker,” he said. “I’m a fan.”
Last year, Fredrick considered Tandy among the best prospects in Kentucky, along with his nephew and five-star 2021 point guard Zion Harmon.
Tandy and South Carolina guard Tre Jackson appear to be Iowa State’s top remaining 2019 targets in the backcourt. Jackson told me a few weeks ago that he’ll take an official to Iowa State the weekend of Sept. 21-23.
The Cyclones loved what they saw from Jackson in Las Vegas and offered him in August.
Iowa State is also keeping its eye on the junior college scene. A source with direct knowledge of the Cyclones’ recruitment efforts told me Iowa State was in Florida this week to see Dayton State College 2019 point guard Bryce Williams, who holds an Oklahoma State offer.
Coaches are also keeping an eye on Tomas Woldetensae, an Italian-born 2019 point guard who plays for Indian Hills.
Do you think the Cy-Hawk outcomes have any impact on in-state recruits? And if yes how much. — @TedFlintKansas
Yes and no.
Yes, in a cumulative sense. No, in a vacuum.
Confused yet? I’ll explain.
I think an Iowa State win would help the Cyclones more than an Iowa win helps the Hawkeyes. Because in the grand scheme of the Cy-Hawk rivalry, Iowa has the edge. That much is reflected in the in-state recruiting. Usually, Iowa’s in-state classes are better on paper than Iowa State’s.
Sure, there are some exceptions. Like positions, for instance — Iowa State and its spread, Big 12 offense has an edge with in-state receivers (e.g. Darien Porter). Or, if there’s a family tie like with freshman defensive end Zach Petersen.
But, on average, I’d argue Iowa has the head-to-head advantage over Iowa State with in-state prospects. And part of that is thanks to the Hawkeyes’ tradition of beating the Cyclones.
So, I don’t think this year’s 13-3 result will have much, if any, impact. It doesn’t change anything. It doesn’t move the needle.
Now, if Iowa State rips off a few series wins in a row? That could change things. That could affect the balance of recruiting power in this state.
What is the likelihood Iowa state could pull Danielson Ike for football? — @HuntelaarN
I’ll go 20 percent here.
Ike, a four-star top-200 offensive tackle, is arguably Iowa State’s best remaining 2019 target. He’s got the likes of Oklahoma, Michigan and Mississippi State after him. But the Cyclones are very much in the picture, in no small part thanks to running backs coach Nate Scheelhaase.
Scheelhaase’s alma mater is Rockhurst in Kansas City … and that’s where Ike plays his high school football. Iowa State feels confident that it sits among Ike’s top schools and will be in this thing until the end.
Ike recently took an unofficial to Nebraska, and has said he’d like to take officials to Oklahoma, Mississippi State, Iowa State and Michigan.
So there you go: a top five. And the 20 percent likelihood.
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 email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.
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