The 2018 Iowa State Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Iowa State Recruiting Class Overview
Head coach Matt Campbell is settled, and the program is coming off an amazing season, but Iowa State is still always going to have to recruit to a type.
The Cyclones – like most Big 12 teams – are always trying to upgrade the defensive backs, but there isn’t too much else for the defense. Will McDonald is a nice-looking end, and Michael Rose fits exactly what the defense needs at one linebacker spot, but they’ll each need a little work.
Two kickers are being brought in with Garrett Owens done, and there’s hope that maybe Corey Dunn and/or Brayden Narveson – two JUCO transfers – can punt, too.
There’s nothing happening for the running game, but QB Re-Al Mitchell is a fantastic signing, and Joey Ramos out of Arizona is an outstanding get for the O line, but …
The Iowa State Class Is Heavy On …
Actually, the defensive backs are the strength of the class – at least in terms of bulk and potential – but receivers Campbell signed are going to be the parts for Mitchell to work with.
Sean Shaw is a 6-6 matchup problem out of Oklahoma, and Carson Schleker is a quick slot target out of Texas. Both are good enough to make a push for time right away, but the real star of the passing game – and Mitchell’s eventually No. 1 target – should be …
The Star of the Iowa State Class Is …
WR Joseph Scales, 6-3, 180
The Ohio native got away form the Big Ten, blew off LSU and Oklahoma, and became the key get for the program to raise up the overall class. The size is there, the straight-line speed is impressive, and he can get physical. Get the ball in his hands on the outside and let him roll.
The Iowa State Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Hakeem Butler is a terrific Big 12 receiver, but Allen Lazard is gone, as is Marchie Murdock and Trever Ryen. Three of the top four targets are gone, and 19 of the 27 touchdown catches have to be replaced.
The Cyclones need help at safety, too, after losing Kamari Cotton-Moya and Reggie Wilkerson. Take these two away, along with heart-and-soul LB Joel Lanning, and the defense needs a few new playmakers, too.