RECRUITING: Cyclones listed in top five for four-star DE

Iowa State is listed among some elite company in the top five for a four-star defensive end in the class of 2019. Fort Myers, Fla. defensive end Derick Hunter included Iowa State along with Florida, Florida State, Miami and Oregon as schools he’s focused on moving forward.

Hunter is rated as the No. 13 strong-side defensive end in the class and No. 25 player in the state of Florida, by 247. He’s the No. 166 player in the class overall.

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound prospect also holds offers from Notre Dame, Maryland, Syracuse, NC State and a handful of other FBS programs. Hunter has long been enamored with Miami, according to a Bleacher Report article written last fall.

At this point, who knows how serious of a contender Iowa State will be for this Sunshine State prospect, but it is still pretty cool to see them listed with four schools that combine for 11 national championships and dozens of top-10 finishes.

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.