Iowa State coaches visit pair of defensive priorities

The Iowa State coaching staff has been all over the country visiting recruits during the past two weeks. On Wednesday, they saw two of their top priorities on the defensive side of the ball.

During the afternoon, defensive line coach Eli Rasheed and tight ends coach Alex Golesh were in California to check-in on JUCO defensive tackle commit Kamilo Tongamoa.

The 6-foot-5, 320-pound prospect is the No. 34 junior college player in the country, according to 247 Composite. The Merced College product is rated as the No. 5 JUCO defensive tackle in the country.

Tongamoa made 80 tackles, 25 of them for a loss, and sacked the quarterback nine times in 2016.

On Wednesday night, the staff put the full-court press on three-star defensive back Quran Hafiz. The former ISU commit will be announcing his final college decision next week.

Head coach Matt Campbell, defensive coordinator Jon Heacock, cornerbacks coach DK McDonald, linebackers coach Tyson Veidt and offensive coordinator Tom Manning all stopped by the Sandalwood, Fla.-native’s house on Thursday evening.

The No. 86 cornerback the class, according to 247 Composite, will choose between finalists Nebraska, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa State. He’s on track to graduate high school in December before enrolling at his college choice in January.

Hopefully, Wednesday’s visit will go a long way towards making Iowa State that choice.

Jared Stansbury


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