RECRUITING: Iowa State reportedly reaching out to another grad transfer QB

Sep 24, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Wagner Seahawks quarterback Alex Thomson (19) throws a pass during the second half against the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State is reportedly among the schools making initial contact with Wagner graduate transfer Alex Thomson, according to Yahoo‘s Pete Thamel. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound signal-caller graduates from the FCS school on Long Island this spring and expects to have two years of eligibility remaining, according to Thamel.

Thomson, who has also been contacted by Tennessee, Florida International and Oregon State, had a breakout 2016 campaign in which he threw for 2,436 yards, 16 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He only played in two games in 2017 due to a shoulder injury and missed all of his freshman season with a PCL injury, which is why the junior could end up getting the sixth season of college eligibility.

With that said, Thomson has started to create buzz as a future NFL prospect.

“He can play at any level,” CBS NFL analyst and former NFL quarterback Phil Simms told Yahoo. “There’s no question. If things fall right [with his college situation], I definitely think he’s a pro prospect. I don’t even have to hesitate to say that.”

Iowa State currently has three scholarship quarterbacks on its roster for the 2018 season in redshirt sophomore Zeb Noland, redshirt freshman Devon Moore and true freshman Re-al Mitchell. That number could climb to four if 2017 starter Kyle Kempt is granted a sixth year of eligibility of his own.

The Cyclones have also recently joined the pursuit of three-star Arizona quarterback Brock Purdy, including making an in-home visit with the 2018 prospect on Tuesday, according to Cyclone Fanatic publisher Chris Williams.

It is becoming obvious there are a lot of moving parts with Iowa State’s 2018 quarterback room, but hopefully, a few of them will be cleared up in the coming weeks.

Jared Stansbury


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