2017 Iowa State Cyclones Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 Iowa State Cyclones Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Class to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1
Iowa State Cyclones Recruiting Class Overview
The Matt Campbell era is hitting its stride in the recruiting world. Last year’s group of young talent was good, but this one has the potential to be stronger and better with a nice base of very, very good players who fit what the program needs. It’s Iowa State, to the five-star types aren’t flocking in, but that’s just fine – Campbell got more than his share of solid prospects to hope for a few to rise up and rock. Devon Moore is a big, strong quarterback prospect to groom for a few years from now, and the linebacking corps has hope for down the line with Orien Vance and Jake Hummel coming in behind a loaded group of defensive linemen.
The Iowa State Cyclones Class Is Heavy On …
Defensive linemen. Is it just a coincidence that one of the biggest areas of concern coming into the season is the defensive front, and this class is beefing up big-time with linemen? Nope. JUCO transfers Matt Leo and Ray Lima are ready-made options for the interior, with Lima a possible run-stuffing nose tackle and Leo a massive presence who could work as a 3-4 end if needed. Angel Dominguez and Tucker Robinson are two promising ends to build around for down the road.
The Star of the Iowa State Cyclones Class Is …
LB Orien Vance, 6-3, 195, Cedar Rapids, IA – He needs to add a ton of weight, but he can fly. If the coaching staff gets creative, it could turn Vance into a safety with a few years of work, but as is, he’s a good-looking potential pass rusher who could be turned loose from the outside as a dangerous disruptive force. A few Big Ten schools were interested, but Vance locked into Iowa State early.
The Iowa State Cyclones Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Defensive line. Offensive line and linebacker aren’t far behind, but it’s the defensive front that got the most attention from this recruiting class, and is the biggest concern going into spring ball. Losing Jhaustin Thomas and Demond Tucker from the interior is the problem – hence the hope for the JUCO transfers to play a big role right away – while Mitchell Meyers is gone from one end spot. There wasn’t much of a pass rush last year, but JaQuan Bailey is back, and pressure was generated from other spots. But the line has to be better – and with new players.