Recapping a wild weekend in football recruiting

By Chris Williams, PublisherFollow Chris on Twitter @ChrisMWilliams

This is the time of year when football recruiting gets nasty.

Sunday was a whirlwind for Iowa State’s 2012 football recruiting efforts.

— According to a report from the website, Blinn C.C. defensive end Ishmael Hayes and linebacker Eddie Porter have de-committed from Iowa State and made pledges to Arkansas State head coach Gus Malzahn.’s recruiting database has already listed the pair as Arkansas State commitments.

— According to the Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Gibbs cornerback Gary Simon will make his college decision on National Signing Day, when he’ll decide from a top three list of Iowa State, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Gibbs officially visited Iowa State last weekend. He took trips to Arkansas and Oklahoma this weekend

What this all means…

— I’m not 100 percent sure that Ishmael Hayes would have academically qualified or not at Iowa State.

— Porter however could have been in contention to start at middle linebacker next season for the Cyclones. Should the report hold out to be true, this would be a significant loss for Iowa State’s 2012 class.

— You don’t have to be Kirk Herbstreit to come up with this sort of analysis: Anytime that Iowa State is in the same conversation with Oklahoma and Arkansas to land a recruit, that’s a very good thing. Gary Simon’s situation will make Signing Day interesting for the Cyclone Nation, that’s for sure.

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.