Iowa State signed 21 new players this week for the best recruiting class in Matt Campbell’s tenure. And, given how recruiting works nowadays, it likely isn’t done.
There’s still another signing day on Feb. 5, and it’s common for schools to add another handful of players on that date. There are also transfers to consider, and sometimes they don’t pick a school until the spring or even right before summer.
Offseason attrition also strikes every program, so needs may emerge over the coming months that Iowa State isn’t anticipating right now.
So, with that in mind, here’s a breakdown of Iowa State’s current areas of need and how those were addressed in the 2020 class:
Losing one … adding two
Iowa State is losing graduate transfer John Kolar, and Easton Dean is moving to tight end, opening the door for its two 2020 quarterback recruits: in-state product Hunter Dekkers and Minnesota’s Aidan Bouman.
Losing one … adding none
Sheldon Croney is graduating. For a while, Iowa State had a 2020 running back recruit in Ohio three-star Miyan Williams, but he flipped to Ohio State in November. While it appears the Cyclones haven’t honed in on a new target, it’s possible they could add one before summer ball rolls around.
Although, they certainly don’t need one in the short term. Breece Hall matched the hype in his freshman year, and coaches are also excited about fellow freshman Jirehl Brock’s future in the program.
Brock has also only played in three games this year, so he could redshirt and essentially come in next year as Iowa State’s 2020 “freshman” running back.
Losing two … adding four
Iowa State is replenishing its receiver ranks in 2020, as it will lose two major contributors in La’Michael Pettway and Deshaunte Jones. It signed junior college transfer Xavier Hutchinson and high school products Daniel Jackson, Aidan Bitter and T.J. Tampa.
It will also bring in D’Shayne James, who grayshirted his freshman season.
Losing four … adding four
Iowa State is set to lose Josh Knipfel, Bryce Meeker, Julian Good-Jones and Collin Olsen, and it’s adding in-state products Brady Petersen and Tyler Miller, as well as Kansas product Hayden Pauls and Ohio product Sam Rengert.
With that much veteran experience graduating, though, don’t be surprised to see Iowa State try to add an experienced offensive lineman to its 2020 class — perhaps through the junior college or graduate transfer route.
Losing four … adding three
Another position group where Iowa State loses a lot: defensive tackles Jamahl Johnson and Ray Lima, and defensive end Matt Leo. JaQuan Bailey could return after redshirting due to injury.
The Cyclones signed junior college transfer Latrell Bankston for immediate help in the interior. They also signed Illinois defensive tackle J.R. Singleton and Kansas City defensive end Johnny Wilson.
Defensive line could be another area to monitor moving forward.
Losing two … adding four
The Cyclones filled their need — and then some — at linebacker. They’re losing Marcel Spears and Bobby McMillen to graduation, and they’re adding Minnesota product Hunter Zenzen, Florida product Ar’Quel Smith and in-state product Cole Pedersen.
Dae’Shawn Davis is also joining the program after grayshirting last year.
Losing three … adding four
The Cyclones did well in the secondary in 2020. They’re losing cornerbacks Justin Bickham and Amechie Walker, and safety Braxton Lewis; they’re adding Minnesota safety Craig McDonald, Texas defensive backs Mason Chambers and Jordyn Morgan, and Florida defensive back Michal Antoine.
Losing one … adding one
Knowing it was losing program stalwart Steven Wirtel after the season, Iowa State invested a scholarship in who it hopes will be the next long-snapper mainstay: Koby Hathcock of Arizona.
Matthew Bain covers recruiting, Iowa/Iowa State athletics and Drake basketball for the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.
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