Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Iowa State Cyclones recruiting class.
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Iowa State is never going to get a top 20 class without a whole lot of luck, but it can keep on improving and keep on bringing in enough talent to do what Matt Campbell wants. He’s done a great job so far with what he inherited, but now the success is turning into better recruiting classes.
It’s not going to be among the better-ranked Big 12 classes – there just aren’t any superstar prospects – but it’s a solid haul with more above-average talents than past years. Now, Iowa State is going to be ranked in the 40s overall, rather than the 50s and 60s.
Like most teams in the Big 12, going big on defensive backs is a must. There were several brought in last year, but this haul is stronger, staring with talented corner Derrick Miller and landing Virdel Edwards out of Texas.
For the second straight year, there’s not a lot for the defensive interior. Actually, there isn’t anything. The 2018 class was light on the defensive line, and there are only two defensive ends. Next year, the Cyclones will need more bulk.
With the emergency of David Montgomery, being a running back in this system can be a glamour position. After not signing a runner last year, Campbell only got one this year – but he’s a good one. Jirehl Brock is a smooth back who got offers from Notre Dame, Missouri, and Michigan State. Now he’ll be a featured back.
Brock is the team’s most promising prospect, but Breece Hall is another good one who had even better offers. Michigan, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Nebraska, and Iowa wanted him, and now he’s a part of the rotation.
With all of the success at receiver, are the targets starting to come in? Yeah. Iowa State has had a ton of luck with really, really, big targets, and what’s coming in? 6-4ish, 200ish pound massive playmakers.
The emergence of Brock Purdy as a true freshman means the Cyclones are set at quarterback for the next three seasons, but Campbell was still able to sign on Easton Deal, a 6-7 bomber out of Kansas to throw into the equation.
Is Matt Campbell really going to stay in Ames for the next five years? No matter what, he at least seems to be happy, he has the contract, and he’s building up the program for sustained success. This is the class to keep it all going.