AMES – The Iowa State football program added one of the nation’s top junior college defensive lineman with the announcement that three-star defensive tackle Ray Lima has signed with Iowa State.
Lima, who had multiple offers from “power five” schools, is ranked as the 58th-best junior college player nationally by 247Sports and Scout. Lima redshirted in 2016 and will have sophomore eligibility when he enrolls at Iowa State for the spring semester of 2017.
6-3, 310, So.#
Torrance, Calif. (West/El Camino CC [Calif.])
El Camino CC: Chose Iowa State over Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, TCU and California … one of the top junior college defenders in the nation … ranked No. 58 JC player nationally by 247Sports and Scout … listed as a top-10 defensive tackle nationally by Scout and 247Sports … rated as the No. 13 defensive tackle by ESPN … three-star recruit by 247Sports, Scout, ESPN and Rivals … redshirted in 2016 … named first-team all-SCFA Central Division in 2015 … posted 59 tackles, 21.5 TFL and seven sacks … named conference player of the week after recording six tackles, 3.0 TFL and two forced fumbles vs. Cerritos … coached by Gifford Lindheim.
High School: A two-time all-Bay League and all-CIF Northern Division selection … four-year letterman … coached by Greg Holt.
Matt Campbell on Lima: “Ray is a big, physical run-stopper inside. He’s got great athletic ability to run sideline to sideline. He’s one of the top interior defensive lineman in the country and a guy who has a chance, both on the field and off the field, to make a huge impact.”