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RECRUITING: Iowa State lands four-star safety on NSD

Iowa State has landed a commitment from Pennsylvania safety Isheem Young on National Signing Day. The four-star prospect, who officially visited Iowa State last weekend, originally committed to Penn State as a member of the 2018 class, but reclassified to 2019. He officially signed with the Cyclones on Wednesday morning.

Young committed to West Virginia during this cycle, but Dana Holgorsen’s departure for Houston and Iowa State’s addition of former Mountaineers defensive backs coach Matt Caponi opened the door for the Cyclones to add the nation’s No. 30 safety and No. 383 recruit overall.

The 5-foot-9, 201-pound Philadelphia native held offers from Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State and many others. He is rated as the third-highest commitment in Iowa State’s 2019 recruiting class and the Cyclones’ highest-rated non-running back.

Iowa State will almost certainly finish with a top-50 recruiting class for the first time since 2006 with the potential for more additions to the class on Wednesday.

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.