STANZI: Should Cyclone fans be concerned by recent decommitments?

On Monday, three-star defensive back Quran Hafiz became the third player to decommit from the 2017 Iowa State recruiting class. He was the second defensive back to back away from his pledge in September following junior college cornerback Octavious Morgan.

I started to hear the question, “Should Iowa State fans be considered about the decommitments?”

My answer was simple — no.

Decommitments are part of the game when you recruit at a high-level in college football in 2016. Kids these days rush into decisions then back away from them just as quickly.

As my Dad used to tell me, kids these days change their minds faster than they change their underwear.

The first prospect to leave the 2017 class, four-star offensive lineman Caleb Chandler, wasn’t leaving the class because he didn’t like Iowa State. He decommitted because he was a high-level recruit with big-time offers and, frankly, I can’t blame him for wanting to check out Florida, Georgia and other schools of the sort.

I can’t question a kid for wanting to do his due diligence in 2017. In fact, I respect that.

Iowa State is still expected to get a visit from Chandler and I would guess the Cyclones will be in it with him until the end. I would be willing to say the same about Hafiz, who will take his last official visit to Ames later this fall.

Iowa State isn’t losing kids that don’t have other options. The kids that are leaving the class have offers from handfuls of other Power 5 schools and they felt they needed to take a better look at their options.

I’m not going to pretend to know why Morgan decommitted, because I haven’t talked to him. Junior college recruiting can be odd and there could be any number of reasons he backed out of his commitment. That said, he is another guy who has offers from multiple other Power 5 schools and was at one point rated as the top junior college cornerback in the country.

He had other options and nobody can blame a kid for wanting to explore them.

Now if the Cyclones were getting decommitments from guys that don’t have any other offers, that would be somewhat concerning. This coaching staff has done a good job to put together a very solid 2017 class together.

At this point, the recent decommitments shouldn’t make anyone think differently.

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.