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RECRUITING: Caleb Grill sets official visits to Iowa State & Kansas State

Former South Dakota State signee Caleb Grill has scheduled an official visit to Iowa State for the weekend of April 29-30, the three-star recruit told Cyclone Fanatic on Thursday. The Maize, Kan. native will also take an official to Kansas State the weekend before he travels to Ames.

Rated as the No. 403 recruit in the country by 247Composite, Grill signed with the Jackrabbits last fall and asked to be released from his national letter of intent after TJ Otzelberger left Brookings to become the head coach at UNLV. The 6-foot-3 combo guard initially chose SDSU over a handful of other offers, including Power 5 schools Nebraska, Texas Tech and Washington State.

Grill told Cyclone Fanatic earlier this week Creighton and UNLV have also joined the pursuit for his services at the collegiate level since the release from his letter of intent. He has not yet scheduled visits to either of those schools.

“I like the coaching staff a lot,” Grill, who unofficially visited Ames last week, told Cyclone Fanatic on Monday. “They’ve just been saying how they have a need for me at the position. Just how they play, they think I could really fit in with how they play.”

Iowa State currently has one scholarship officially open for the 2019 spring recruiting cycle, but that number is likely to climb to three with Talen Horton-Tucker and Lindell Wigginton both expected to keep their names in consideration for professional opportunities.

Grill is one of two high school players the Cyclones have hotly pursued so far this spring alongside French guard Clarence Nadolny, who included Iowa State in his top-three with Texas Tech and West Virginia. Iowa State will also host sit-one, play-two Troy transfer guard Javan Johnson for an official visit early next month.

Stay tuned to Cyclone Fanatic for more on Iowa State hoops recruiting in the coming weeks.

Jared Stansbury

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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.