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RECRUITING: Hafiz gives ISU commit No. 17

Three-star cornerback Quran Hafiz has tweeted his commitment to Iowa State, officially becoming the Cyclones’ seventeenth commit in the class of 2017. The 6-foot, 170 pound, Jacksonville, Fla., native picked the Cyclones over Virginia Tech and South Florida.

He visited Ames last weekend.

"The deciding factor was basically just fitting (in) the program overall and being comfortable," Hafiz said on Friday. "When I visited ISU I loved it."

He had announced his plan to commit several weeks ago, leading many to believe that Virginia Tech was the favorite to land the No. 83 cornerback in the country, according to 247, but decided to hold off on a decision until after visiting Iowa State.

It was during that visit that it became clear how big of a priority Hafiz was to Matt Campbell and his staff.

“Just telling me how fired up he is to have me visit,” Hafiz said last week about meeting his Campbell during his visit. “How happy he was to have me on campus to see stuff and see everything.”

Hafiz holds more than 30 offers, including Minnesota and Duke, and had been an Iowa State priority since the spring.

"When I told Coach Campbell, Coach DK (McDonald), and Coach (Jon) Heacock they all 3 were fired up," Hafiz said. "They (were) real excited."

He joins West Bloomfield, Mich., cornerback Richard Bowens III and Butler C.C. cornerback Octavious Morgan as defensive backs in the class.

His commitment moves Iowa State’s class inside the top-30 by every major recruiting service. The Cyclones have the second best class in the Big 12, No. 26 nationally, according to Scout

He’s the Cyclones’ first commit from Florida in the 2017 class.

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