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Breaking down Iowa State’s 2019 early signing class

Iowa State will welcome 20 new members of its family on Wednesday with the first day of the early signing period. Here is a break down of each player in the class, their status on signing day and where they come from.


Easton Dean, Altamont, Kan., 6-6, 220

Status: Signed

Iowa State was the first Power 5 school to offer the Labette County product and they got their man when he committed on Feb. 10. Dean is considered the No. 17 dual-threat quarterback in the country and the No. 4 player in the state of Kansas. The early-enrollee accounted for more than 5,000 yards and nearly 50 touchdowns during the last two years of his high school career.

Running back

Jirehl Brock, Quincy, Ill., 5-11, 195

Status: Signed

One of two running back jewels in Iowa State’s 2019 recruiting class, Brock is considered the No. 14 running back in the country, No. 2 prospect in Illinois and No. 245 player overall by 247Composite. The four-star recruit ran for more than 5,000 yards and scored 78 touchdowns in three high school seasons. He committed to Iowa State on July 6 after also fielding offers from the likes of Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Illinois and a host of other major programs.

Breece Hall, Wichita, Kan., 6-1, 215

Status: Signed

The Northwest product was the first of Iowa State’s running backs commitments when he made his pledge on June 28. The four-star chose Iowa State over offers from Iowa, Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State plus quite a few other Power 5 schools and will enroll in Ames next month. The All-American rushed for more than 2,000 yards in back-to-back high school seasons on his way to being regarded as the No. 171 player in the country, No. 10 running back and the top player in the state of Kansas by 247.

Wide receiver

Darien Porter, Bettendorf, Iowa, 6-4, 165

Status: Signed

Porter burst onto the scene as one of the most explosive multi-sport athletes in the state during his junior year at Bettendorf. The three-star recruit accounted for more than 1,000 all-purpose yards in his final two seasons on the high school gridiron and is one of the state’s best track athletes. He became one of the first members of the class when he committed almost one year ago to the day over offers from Minnesota and Nebraska.

Ezeriah Anderson, Seffner, Fla., 6-4, 198

Status: Signed

Anderson became one of the newest members of the class when he announced his pledge the Cyclones on Sunday after completing an official visit to Ames and just a few weeks after picking up an Iowa State offer. The No. 102 receiver in the country chose Iowa State over offers from Boston College, Oregon, Missouri, Virginia, Syracuse and a handful of others.

D’Shayne James, Gilbert, Ariz, 6-2, 200

Status: Signed

James, another one of the early additions to the class as he committed just one day before Porter and exactly one year ago on signing day, caught high school passes from current Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy, as well as his younger brother Chuba, at Perry High School. James’ senior season was cut short by injury, but he has done enough in his college career to be regarded as the No. 165 receiver in the country and No. 26 player in the state of Arizona.

Leonard Glass, Fresno, Ca., 5-8.5, 173

Status: Signed

The nation’s No. 89 athlete was one of the commitments Iowa State had to battle for until the end as Fresno State came on strong to close. Glass committed to Iowa State in June over Oregon State, Hawaii, San Jose State, the hometown Bulldogs and a few other programs.

Tight end

Skylar Loving-Black, San Jose, Ca., 6-4, 220

Status: Signed

The most recent addition to the class, Loving-Black announced his pledge to the Cyclones late Sunday night after an official visit to Ames. He is regarded as the No. 74 tight end prospect in the country and No. 176 player in the state of California. The Valley Christian product chose Iowa State over offers from Colorado, Arizona State, Nebraska and a bunch of other FBS schools.

Offensive line

Grant Treiber, Sioux Falls, S.D., 6-6, 280

Status: Signed

Treiber was one of Iowa State’s biggest recruiting wins of the summer when he announced his commitment on July 27. The three-star prospect chose Iowa State over Oregon, Nebraska, Minnesota, Oklahoma State and quite a few others. He is considered the No. 63 offensive tackle in the class and No. 2 player in South Dakota, one spot behind another Iowa State commit we will get to shortly.

Jake Remsburg, West Des Moines, Iowa, 6-6, 293

Status: Signed

The Valley product was the first player to commit to Iowa State’s 2019 recruiting class when he did so on Dec. 11 of last year. The No. 98 offensive tackle and No. 8 player in the state of Iowa committed to the Cyclones over interest from Iowa and Kansas.

Darrell Simmons, East Saint Louis, Ill., 6-3, 280

Status: Signed

Simmons is likely less of a finished product than some of the other guys Iowa State will sign in this class, but the No. 74 offensive guard in the class certainly has the size to stack up almost immediately at the college level. The No. 35 player in Illinois chose Iowa State over offers from Northern Illinois, Ohio and some FCS programs when he committed in June.

Jarrod Hufford, Newark, Ohio, 6-5, 300

Status: Signed

The No. 71 offensive tackle in the class will enroll in Ames next month and be in the program for practices this spring. The Licking Valley product chose Iowa State over Kentucky, Missouri, Purdue, Syracuse, West Virginia and a few other programs when he committed to the Cyclones in July.

Defensive line

Corey Suttle, Jefferson City, Mo., 6-4, 245

Status: Signed

Iowa State picked up Suttle’s commitment in May after being the first school to extend him an offer. A host of FCS and smaller schools came in after, but none of them were able to keep the No. 57 strong-side defensive end in the class from signing with the Cyclones.

Blake Peterson, Beresford, S.D., 6-4, 240

Status: Signed

Another of the crown jewels in the Cyclones’ 2019 class, Peterson announcing his commitment to the program on March 24 was one of the biggest recruiting victories of Matt Campbell’s tenure in Ames. The four-star prospect regarded as the No. 19 strong-side defensive end in the country, No. 290 player overall and the top player in South Dakota will enroll in Ames next month.


Aric Horne, Jacksonville, Fla., 6-1, 210

Status: Signed

One of the less talked about members of the class, Horne announced his pledge to Iowa State one day after picking up an offer on an unofficial visit back in June. Regarded as the No. 52 inside linebacker in the class, Horne, who comes from Raines High School, the same school that produced current Cyclones JaQuan and Josh Bailey, chose Iowa State over 17 other college offers, including USF, Colorado State and UCF.

Coal Flansburg, Solon, Iowa, 6-1, 235

Status: Signed

Flansburg comes from one of the most successful high school programs in the state and has been highly successful in his three seasons on the high school gridiron. Rated as the No. 68 inside linebacker in the class, the three-star prospect racked 94.5 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions returned for touchdowns and two fumble recoveries.

Defensive back

Derrick Miller, St. Louis, Mo., 5-10.5, 168

Status: Signed

Miller announced his commitment to Iowa State on June 9 over offers from Iowa, Air Force, Harvard, Yale and quite a few other FBS programs. He is considered the No. 105 cornerback in the class and the No. 22 player in the state of Missouri.

Virdel Edwards, Plano, Texas, 6-1, 185

Status: Signed

This lengthy defensive back regarded as the No. 105 safety in the country announced his commitment to Iowa State on Sept. 13. He chose Iowa State over offers from Colorado, Texas Tech and a few other major programs. Edwards racked up 56 tackles, three tackles for loss, seven pass breakups and two interceptions during his final two high school seasons.

Vonzell Kelley, Lees Summit, Mo., 6-0, 175

Status: Signed

Another lengthy defensive back, Kelley is considered the No. 114 safety in the country and No. 28 player in the state of Missouri. The Lees Summit Sr. product chose Iowa State over Kansas and Toledo when he announced his commitment on April 7. Kelley racked up more than 120 tackles, 19 pass breakups and two interceptions during three seasons on the high school gridiron.

Kym-Mani King, New Port Richey, Fla., 5-10, 165

Status: Signed

King announced his commitment to Iowa State just a few days after taking an official visit for the program’s canceled season opener against South Dakota State. The No. 177 cornerback in the country chose Iowa State over offers from Georgia Southern, Marshall, Western Michigan and a few other FBS programs. He recorded nearly 200 tackles, 32 pass breakups, nine interceptions and a sack during four seasons of high school football.

Jared Stansbury


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