RECRUITING: Iowa State lands top QB target Re-al Mitchell

Iowa State has landed its top quarterback target for the 2018 class. Re-al Mitchell, a 5-foot-11.5, 190-pound three-star, announced his commitment to the Cyclones on his Twitter account Monday evening.

Mitchell is rated as the No. 24 dual-threat quarterback in the country by 247Composite. The Bellflower, Calif. native is the No. 727 player in the class and No. 71 prospect in the state of California.

Mitchell, who led St. John Bosco to a No. 2 national ranking, according to MaxPreps, as a junior, chose Iowa State over offers from South Carolina, UConn, Rutgers, Illinois, Northwestern and quite a few other FBS programs.

He threw for 3,011 yards and 31 touchdowns plus added 1,090 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground as a junior.

Mitchell would be the fourth quarterback to sign with Iowa State since Matt Campbell’s staff took over in Dec. 2015. The Cyclones added Jacob Park and Zeb Noland in 2016 then Devon Moore in 2017.

Mitchell is Iowa State’s fifth commit for the 2018 class and he’s the second offensive skill position player to join the class. He’s the Cyclones’ third commit in the last week joining Texas wide receiver Sterling Galban and Australian punter Corey Dunn.

Stay tuned to Cyclone Fanatic for more on this story.

Jared Stansbury


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