RECRUITING: Iowa State locks up highest-rated class in program history

Oct 7, 2017; Norman, OK, USA; Iowa State Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell speaks to the media after defeating the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Campbell has been steadily raising the standard in every facet since arriving in Ames more than two years ago. That statement especially applies to the program’s efforts on the recruiting trail.

On Wednesday, Iowa State completed its highest-rated class in school history by 247Composite with a final score of .8481. That number bests last year’s class that finished with a .8390.

The Cyclones moved into the top-50 of the 247Composite team rankings with the commitment of Arizona quarterback Brock Purdy the morning of national signing day. Iowa State will finish with the seventh-best class in the Big 12 ahead of Kansas, Kansas State and Texas Tech.

Three of Iowa State’s four best classes by 247Composite have come during Campbell’s tenure in Ames. The only outlier is Paul Rhoads’ 2014 class that was aided by the addition of Allen Lazard, who remains the most highly-rated recruit in program history.

It is not surprising to see the Cyclones post their first class with an average 247Composite rating above .8400 following one of their best seasons in program history. That said, it does lead the mind to wander towards how high Campbell and his staff can take the program’s 2019 class when you consider the amount of talent Iowa State has on the roster for the 2018 season.

The storm has been brewing in Ames for several seasons, but it appears as though the sirens are still just beginning to sound.

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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