RECRUITING: Charlie Kolar finds right fit at Iowa State

Charlie Kolar didn’t plan to commit when he made his way to Ames for a visit on Thursday. The tight end from Norman, Okla., liked Iowa State, he knew it was a “cool place,” but he didn’t have any plans to commit.

Something changed that once he got to campus. That’s why he before he left on Friday he told head coach Matt Campbell that he was committing to the Cyclones.

“I made a transition from Iowa State was cool, I liked it to I love Iowa State, it’s awesome,” Kolar said over the phone while he made his way home. “That’s why I just did it. It felt right.”

Kolar is the first tight end to join Iowa State’s class, and the first prospect from the state of Oklahoma. His commitment is likely just the first domino to fall as a result of this big recruiting weekend.

Iowa State was the first Power 5 school to offer the 6-foot-6-inch, 230 pound prospect. He also holds offers from Army, Air Force and Stephen F. Austin. Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Arkansas and Cincinnati were among the other schools showing interest.

He plays a majority of his high school snaps at wide receiver but his big-frame translates well to tight end at the college level. He was a dangerous pass catcher during his junior season for Norman North with 52 receptions for 920 yards and 13 touchdowns.

“With Iowa State, the thing that was really impressive was the fan support was incredible,” Kolar said. “Even in the down years where they go 3-9, or like last year or whatever, fan support is still awesome. They are still out there every game. Coach Campbell, Coach (Alex) Golesh and everyone were all just raving about how the fans are awesome. They supported them so quickly and quickly just wrapped around them. It just felt right. I trusted them. They trusted me with the offer and I thought it was a good place to be. I thought it was a place I could spend the next four or five years.”

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.

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