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Iowa State football signs top-35 recruiting class

This news story was published on December 19, 2018.
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Matt Campbell, Iowa State head football coach

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State head football coach Matt Campbell has made incredible strides in recruiting since taking over the program three years ago.

His Cyclone classes have ranked among the best in school history, and his 2019 recruiting haul is on pace to be the best in the history of the program, as Campbell announced 20 players signed letters of intent in the early signing period today.

“When you look at this class, it’s a class that really fits the mold of the culture of our program,” Campbell said. “We got great leadership, young men with great character and families, and I think guys that really have been committed to us for an extended period of time. What I really appreciate about this group is that even before the season began they saw the vision of where this program was going and where it has the ability to go. All of these guys have big-time impact ability. We were able to touch on every position group. As you see us continue to build the program, it’s touching all those areas where you continue to allow great competition as well as building great depth within your program. This group certainly does that for us.”

ISU’s 2019 recruiting class is currently ranked 35th nationally, fourth in the Big 12 and has a composite rating of .854 by 247Sports, all totals which are on pace to set school marks.

Three players in this year’s class are four-star recruits by 247Sports in RB Jirehl Brock (Quincy, Ill.), RB Breece Hall (Wichita, Kan.) and DE Blake Peterson (Alcester, S.D.). Brock rushed for over 2,000 yards and was named Illinois’ Gatorade Player of the Year and Hall also eclipsed the 2,000-yard barrier and is invited to the 2019 All-American Bowl.

Both Brock and Hall are top-10 running backs nationally by 247Sports.

Peterson is the top player out of South Dakota and the No. 290 player nationally according to 247Sports.

Campbell had three Iowans ink with the Cyclones today in WR Darien Porter (Bettendorf), OL Jake Remsburg (West Des Moines) and LB Coal Flansburg (Solon).

Porter is rated as the fifth-best player in Iowa and the No. 63 wide receiver nationally by 247Sports and Remsburg is a two-time Des Moines Register Elite Team All-State pick.

“You look at the programs they come from, and all three guys come from high school programs where their football coaches are great leaders and developers,” Campbell said about the Iowa signees. “These are guys that know how to win and what it takes to be successful. All three of them lived that during their high school careers. I think it was really huge for us to keep young men from this state that really understand the values of this fanbase and what we are building here. It is great for us to get three of the best in the state of Iowa to stay home.”

Campbell also announced that Hall, Peterson, QB Easton Dean (Altamont, Kan.) and OL Jarrod Hufford (Newark, Ohio) will be early enrollees and begin classes at Iowa State in the spring semester. All four will compete in spring practice.

Class of 2019

Signed National Letters of Intent

Name                                Ht.             Wt.      Yr.        Pos.           Hometown

Ezeriah Anderson             6-5             210      Fr.        WR            Seffner, Fla. (Armwood)

Chose Iowa State over Missouri, Oregon and Boston College; rated as the No. 102 WR nationally by 247Sports.

Jirehl Brock                       5-11           205      Fr.        RB             Quincy, Ill. (Quincy)

Four-star recruit who is ranked in the top-200 nationally; 2018 Illinois Gatorade PoY; rushed for 2,158 yards and 33 TDs in ‘18.

*Easton Dean                    6-6             220      Fr.        QB            Oswego, Kan. (Labette County)

Threw for over 2,000 yards in each of the last two years; top-5 player in Kansas; No. 18 dual QB by 247Sports.

Virdel Edwards II               6-1             190      Fr.        DB             Plano, Texas (Prestonwood Christian)

Three-year starter who tallied 33 tackles and six passes defended as a senior; a top-115 safety nationally by 247Sports.

Coal Flansburg                  6-1             230      Fr.        LB             Solon, Iowa (Solon)

Class 3A all-state selection; had 47 tackles & 3.0 TFL as a senior; rated as the 8th-best player in Iowa by Rivals.

Leonard Glass                   5-9             175      Fr.        ATH          Fresno, Calif. (San Joaquin)

Rated as the No. 83 athlete nationally by 247Sports; recorded over 3,000 yards from scrimmage and 43 TDs in last two seasons.

*Breece Hall                      6-1             215      Fr.        RB             Wichita, Kan. (Northwest)

Four-star recruit and the No. 171 player nationally by 247Sports; two-time 2,000-yard rusher; invited to All-American Bowl.

Aric Horne                         6-1             210      Fr.        LB             Jacksonville, Fla. (Raines)

Rated as the No. 51 ILB nationally by 247Sports; tallied 56 tackles & 4.0 sacks; team won back-to-back Class 4A state titles.

*Jarrod Hufford                 6-5             300      Fr.        OL             Newark, Ohio (Licking Valley)

First-team all-state in Division IV; a top-50 player in Ohio; ranked as the No. 56 offensive tackle nationally by 247Sports.

D’Shayne James              6-2             200      Fr.        WR            Chandler, Ariz. (Perry)

Sat out senior year with injury; HM all-state as a junior, catching 45 passes for 1,086 yards and 13 TDs from Brock Purdy.

Vonzell Kelley                   6-0             175      Fr.        DB             Lee’s Summit, Mo. (West)

Rated as the No. 100 safety nationally by 247Sports; two-time all-district pick and Class 5A state champion 110-hurdler.

Kym-Mani King                 5-10           170      Fr.        DB             New Port Richey, Fla. (Mitchell)

Four-year starter who racked up 198 tackles and 11 interceptions in career; three-star recruit by 247Sports.

Skylar Loving-Black          6-3             220      Fr.        TE             San Jose, Calif. (Valley Christian)

Rated as the No. 78 tight end nationally; seven of his 13 catches went for TDs in senior season.

D.J. Miller                          5-11           170      Fr.        DB             O’Fallon, Mo. (John Burroughs)

Rated as the No. 75 cornerback and the 18th-best player in Missouri by Rivals; first-team all-state in Class 3A as a senior.

*Blake Peterson                6-4             250      Fr.        DE             Alcester, S.D. (Beresford)

Four-star recruit and the No. 290 player nationally by 247Sports; top recruit in South Dakota; first-team all-state with 15.0 TFL.

Darien Porter                     6-4             180      Fr.        WR            Bettendorf, Iowa (Bettendorf)

Rated as the No. 63 WR nationally & the fifth-best player in Iowa by 247Sports; had 27 catches for 440 yards and 7 TDs in ‘18.

Jake Remsburg                 6-6             305      Fr.        OL             West Des Moines, Iowa (Valley)

Two-time Des Moines Register Elite Team All-State pick; the No. 90 OT and 8th-best player in Iowa by 247Sports.

Darrell Simmons               6-3             295      Fr.        OL             Belleville, Ill. (East St. Louis)

First-team Class 7A all-state selection; rated as the No. 73 OG nationally by 247Sports; a top-35 player in Illinois.

Corey Suttle                      6-4             250      Fr.        DE             Jefferson City, Mo. (Jefferson City)

A top-500 player nationally, the 32nd-best SDE and the 10th-best player in Missouri according to 247Sports.

Grant Treiber                     6-6             295      Fr.        OL             Sioux Falls, S.D. (Lincoln)

Ranked as the No. 70 offensive tackle nationally by Rivals; rated as the No. 2 player in South Dakota by 247Sports.


*Mid-Year Enrollee

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    December 20, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Just read 247’s rankings. Iowa State is #43 on their list. Iowa is 38th.