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Iowa State has signed junior college defensive end Matt Leo, per the Twitter account JUCO Football Forer. The school officially announced the signing in a release shortly after the tweet.
— JuCo Football Forer (@JuCoFootballACE) December 15, 2016
Leo is the No. 5 junior college weak-side defensive end in the class, per 247Composite. He’s the No. 45 junior college prospect in the country and chose ISU over Oklahoma, Arizona, Kansas and a host of others.
“One word comes up with Matt, and it’s size,” said Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell in the school’s release. “He’s got great length and really does a great job coming off the edge. He has the ability to rush the passer, but also the strength and ability to stop the run.”
Not surprisingly, the rest of the ISU coaching staff was pretty jacked up about the signing.
Awesome news. Not a common bloke!
— Tom Manning (@CoachTomManning) December 15, 2016
— Jon Heacock (@Coach_Heacock) December 15, 2016
The 6-foot-7, 265-pound prospect visited Ames for the Cyclones’ win over San Jose State in September. He took an official visit to Oklahoma last weekend.
He made 17 tackles, 6.5 of them for loss, and 3.5 sacks in 2016 for Arizona Western College.
Leo joins junior college wide receiver Matt Eaton as players to sign with ISU on the first day of the early enrollee signing period. Stay tuned to Cyclone Fanatic for anymore news on early signees.