Cyclones offer big-time 2020 defensive end

It will be close to two years before the 2020 recruiting cycle goes into overdrive, but that isn’t keeping Iowa State from getting a jump on one big-time defensive prospect. Charlotte, N.C., defensive end Jacolbe Cowan picked up an offer from the Cyclones on Monday.

Cowan holds a pair of other Power 5 offers from Virginia Tech and Georgia. He recently told the other schools he’s heard from the most are Clemson, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Maryland and North Carolina State.

The 6-foot-5-inch, 240-pound freshman unofficially visited Clemson on March 4 and was at North Carolina on Feb. 17. The Providence Day School prospect collected 70 tackles, 15 of them for a loss, and seven sacks during his first high school season.

The major recruiting services don’t rate players during their freshmen years, but it seems as though Cowan will be a highly-rated prospect once the time comes. He also proved to be one of the top class of 2020 basketball players in the state of North Carolina during the AAU circuit last summer.

There’s obviously still a long ways to go with this prospect’s recruitment considering he’ll still have three more years of high school football, but he’ll be an interesting name to follow in the coming years.

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.