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RECRUITING: Cyclones land commitment from Chicago defensive back

Iowa State has landed a commitment from Chicago defensive back Joseph Thompson. The Phillips Academy product visited Iowa State late last month then again for an unofficial visit on Wednesday.

Thompson, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound three-star cornerback, chose the Cyclones over offers from Illinois, Toledo, Miami (OH), Western Michigan and a handful of others.

Thompson is rated as the No. 94 cornerback prospect in the country by 247Composite. He is the No. 23 player in Illinois and the No. 946 player in the class overall.

Thompson’s commitment gives Iowa State seven pledges for the 2019 recruiting cycle and pushes them up to No. 13 in the 247 Class Rankings. The class’ .8583 average rating would be the program’s all-time best.

Stay tuned to Cyclone Fanatic for more on this story.

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.