RECRUITING: Ateman’s eyes opened to ISU after offer

Kelvin Ateman didn’t know much about Iowa State when he showed up for the Sound Mind, Sound Body camp in Detroit last weekend. 

He had previously heard about Iowa State’s proximity to Des Moines and that it is one of the top universities in America — that’s it.

That changed after the camp when ISU offensive line coach Tom Manning extended a scholarship offer to the 6-foot-4.5-inch, 299-pound, 2017 offensive tackle.

“Honestly, it’s a very underrated institution, football and academic wise,” Ateman told CF in a message on Tuesday. “But, trust me, very soon both will be recognized over many schools.”

Ateman has other offers from Toledo, Western Michigan, Western Illinois and Morgan State, making Iowa State the big fish in the pond so far. The Cass Tech product’s eyes were open.

“Many people would say that places like Alabama or Ole Miss are at the top, but it would be a school that is on a silent but deadly take over,” Ateman said. “Not just one conference, but all.”

It will be interesting to see how offensive line recruiting will play out for the Cyclones over the next month or so.

Georgia offensive lineman Caleb Chandler is set to visit this weekend, and there isn’t any doubting that he’s the top guy on ISU’s board. Missouri tackle Marquis Hayes continues to blow up on the trail and a return visit is expected from him this summer.

Those two guys seem to be the priority as the coaching staff tries to round out their class in the trenches that already includes Tyler Jost, Collin Newell and Jeff Nogaj.

That could change by the time Ateman makes his visit to Ames on July 24.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.