Register column Randy Peterson and reporter Tommy Birch break down Iowa State’s final non-conference game, a 41-14 win against Akron in Ohio on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.
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Notable performances among Iowa State football commits from across the country last week…
Defensive end, Waukesha North (Wis.)
The high-upside 2018 prospect was unstoppable Friday night, during Waukesha North’s 26-7 win over Oconomowoc. McDonald, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound pass rusher, was credited with 15 tackles and four sacks from his spot as the end in a 3-4 defense. Twelve of those stops were solo and six were tallied as tackles for loss as double-teams and tall offensive tackles were no match for the explosive senior.
Iowa State and New Mexico were McDonald’s only scholarship offers when he committed to the Cyclones in February. That list could grow as his senior season goes along, with dominant performances like Friday’s difficult to keep a secret.
Wide receiver, Allen (Texas)
Another highly-ranked game with Allen, another touchdown catch for the Cyclone receiver commit. Schleker again took his lone deep target to the end zone, catching a lob from quarterback Grant Tisdale to score on a 67-yard pass play against Coppell. The 5-9 three-star also had a solid punt return to set up an Allen score during Friday’s marquee game in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs. Tisdale is a four-star prospect rated among the top 200 seniors, nationally, with offers from Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Tennessee and others.
Defensive back, Trinity Valley C.C. (Texas)
The Ole Miss transfer and former high school quarterback is starting to show consistency as a junior college safety. Eisworth recorded five tackles in Trinity Valley’s ranked showdown with Blinn, taking his total to 21 in four games. The third-ranked Tigers lost the game, 31-27.
Quarterback, St. John Bosco (Calif.)
Iowa State’s nationally-recognized quarterback recruit played less than one half Friday before walking to the sideline with a comfortable lead. Mitchell completed 7 of 11 passes for 216 yards and four touchdowns in the first quarter of a dominant win over Dorsey, finding his talented teammates on a variety of throws. The dual-threat prospect finished 8 of 11 with 264 yards and an interception before taking a headset and leading from the bench during the blowout.
News and notes
- Hurricane Harvey delayed the start of the season for some of Iowa State’s Texas-based recruits, and now Hurricane Irma has postponed games for a few of the program’s prospects in Florida. Anthony Johnson Jr., a defensive back from St. Petersburg, saw his most recent games put on hold, and could be playing twice this week as his team has slated the make-up date against Seminole for Monday. Many games in south and west Florida have been tentatively rescheduled with weather and community planning permitting.
- Versatile defensive commit Josh Madison from Newbury Park, California, had the sensational start to his senior season put on hold due to injury last week. The 5-11, 200-pound athlete had rushed for more than 400 yards and five touchdowns in the first three games, but was one of seven starters missing for Newbury Park as it took on the top-ranked team in its southern California division, Valencia. With Madison sidelined from running back and defensive back duties, the Panthers lost 48-7.
Source: Des Moines Register
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