RECRUITING: Iowa State listed in the top six for three-star linebacker

Iowa State was listed among the top six schools for Manvel, Texas linebacker Brian Johnson when he released his list on Twitter on Tuesday. The Cyclones were included on the list with Oklahoma State, Baylor, Louisville, Missouri and Indiana.

Johnson, a 6-foot-1.5, 183-pound outside linebacker, is listed as the No. 47 outside linebacker in the class and No. 81 prospect in Texas for the class of 2018. He is the No. 668 player in the class overall, according to 247Composite.

He recorded 62 tackles, six of them for loss, three sacks, seven pass breakups, two forced fumbles and fumble recoveries and intercepted a pass during his junior season for Manvel. Fellow Texan, and Iowa State commit, wide receiver Sterling Galban has even gotten in on the efforts of recruiting Johnson.

The Cyclones have landed three commitments in the last two weeks from Galban, Australian punter Corey Dunn and California quarterback Re-al Mitchell. Iowa State has five commits in the class overall.

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.

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