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RECRUITING: Iowa State lands three-star safety Keontae Jones

One of the top prospects left on Iowa State’s board is going to be a Cyclone.

Three-star Cincinnati (OH) safety Keontae Jones tweeted his commitment to the Cyclones on Monday. He’s Iowa State’s 23rd commit in the 2017 class and its third from the state of Ohio.

Jones is regarded as one of the top safeties in the Midwest and is ranked No. 9 in the region at that by Scout. He’s the No. 41 safety and No. 583 prospect overall, according to 247Composite.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound prospect visited Iowa State the weekend of Jan. 20-22. He chose the Cyclones over a final list that included Indiana and Virginia Tech.

He’s the younger brother of Iowa State wide receiver Deshaunte Jones.

Jones is the second-highest rated high school prospect in the Cyclones’ class with two days left until National Signing Day. He’s the fourth defensive back in the class joining Michigan cornerback Richard Bowens and Florida cornerbacks OJ Tucker and Datrone Young.

Iowa State’s class is rated as the No. 50 class in the country by 247Composite. Its the seventh-best class in the Big 12.

Stay tuned to Cyclone Fanatic for more on this Jones’ commitment and the final days leading up to signing day.

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.