Steve Prohm and the Iowa State men’s basketball program picked up its first commitment for the 2019 class. Small forward Marcedus Leech (Poplar Bluff, Mo.) committed to the Cyclones on Wednesday. Leech is rated as the No. 53 SF, No. 218 overall and was offered way back in October 2016. He currently plans to visit on August 3rd. Read Jared’s interview with him here.
Iowa State football picked up its second commit in the class of 2020 this week after linebacker Cole Pedersen (Leon, Iowa) announced his decision on Twitter Wednesday. ISU offered him on June 2nd during a visit and he returned on June 19th. Pedersen has not been rated yet at OLB as he was in the 247 Sports database as a wide receiver.
The third commit of the week came Friday from class of 2019 offensive tackle Grant Treiber (Sioux Falls, S.D.), who committed to the Cyclones over finalists of Minnesota, Nebraska and Oregon. The Cyclones became his first P5 offer during his visit to Ames on April 6th. Treiber took another unofficial to ISU on June 2nd and went to Oregon for an official visit in June. He is rated as the No. 67 OT and No. 728 overall, and moves ISU up a spot to No. 24 in the 247 Sports composite team rankings.
*** Iowa State is in the top three for power forward Luke Anderson (Lakeland, Fla.) and will take an official visit to Ames in September, according to this article from Corey Evans of Rivals.com. Georgia is also in the top three and will host Anderson on an official in September. South Florida is the other leader but no visit has yet been scheduled.
*** I have seen reports of the Cyclones watching a lot of prospects this week. Credit to Matthew Bain of the Des Moines Register for most of these, also Ryan James and Evan Daniels.
-Point Guard Kira Lewis (Hazel Green, Ala.) – James Kane
-Point Guard Mylik Wilson (Rayville, La.) – Prohm
-Combo Guard Mario McKinney Jr. (St. Louis, Mo.)
-2020 Combo Guard Charles “Tre” Jackson (Blythewood, S.C.) – No Offer
-Shooting Guard P.J. Fuller (Seattle, Wash.) – Prohm
-Small Forward Malik Hall (Wichita, Kan.)
*** ISU offered class of 2020 small forward Dudley Blackwell (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) on Thursday. Rated as the No. 19 SF in the class, he holds offers from Oklahoma State and Florida Gulf Coast.
*** The Cyclones offered point guard Tre Mann (The Villages, Fla.) on Friday. Mann was previously set to announce between Florida, Tennessee and Kansas but decided to re-open his recruiting. Mann has a relationship with new assistant James Kane from his time at Dayton. He is rated as the No. 6 PG in the class and has 12 power conference offers.
*** Iowa State offered 2020 defensive end Jalen Logan-Redding (Columbia, Mo.) on Thursday. He is rated as the No. 17 WDE in the class and already has offers from Notre Dame and Missouri.
*** Commits Coal Flansburg (Solon, Iowa) and Darrell Simmons (East St. Louis, Mo.) received ratings boost in the 247 composite rankings this week. Flansburg jumped 13 spots at the inside linebacker position to No. 74 and 233 spots overall to the No. 1584 prospect in the 2019 class. Simmons moved up 19 spots to the No. 85 offensive guard and 261 overall.
*** Wide receiver Martez Manuel (Columbia, Mo.) is set to announce his decision on Monday. Manuel released a top three on Twitter a couple weeks ago that included ISU, Missouri and Wyoming.
Football Commit Rating Boost:
OG Darrell Simmons: 19 position, 261 overall
ILB Coal Flansburg: 13 position, 233 overall
Football Warming (Warm on 247):
RB Nathaniel Peat: Stanford
CB Tavian Mayo: Duke, Georgia Tech
SG Zach Harvey: Creighton, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma
SF CJ Walker: Alabama, Ole Miss
Football Cooling (No longer Warm):
OLB Omari Fiffer: ISU
CB Tavian Mayo: Michigan, Minnesota
SG Zach Harvey: Kansas
SF CJ Walker: Arkansas, Florida, Louisville, Tennessee
Non-ISU Football Commitments:
ILB Nick Henrich: Nebraska
ATH Kyron McKinnie-Harper: Central Michigan
ISU Football Eliminated:
WDE Arvell Ferguson Jr.
2020 WR Johnny Wilson