RECRUITING: Iowa State lands Rice grad transfer defensive back

Nov 14, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Southern Miss Golden Eagles wide receiver Casey Martin (83) has his pass broken up by Rice Owls cornerback Justin Bickham (7) in the second quarter at Rice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State landed a commitment from Rice graduate transfer defensive back Justin Bickham on Sunday. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound Pflugerville, Texas native announced his pledge on his Twitter account.

Bickham recorded 70 tackles, 56 of them solo, in 34 games across three seasons for the Owls. He also added 23 pass breakups, 5.5 tackles for loss, a sack and an interception.

The addition is a welcome one for an Iowa State secondary that lost two of its stalwarts with the graduation of Brian Peavy and D’Andre Payne. The Cyclones return sophomores Datrone Young and Anthony Johnson, both of which played considerable snaps in 2018, but Bickham gives a veteran presence that was lacking in the cornerback room.

He will join a backend of Iowa State’s defense led by reigning Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year Greg Eisworth. Stay tuned to Cyclone Fanatic for more.

Jared Stansbury


Jared is in his seventh year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as a full-time staff writer in May 2016. He took over as the site's managing editor in January 2020. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.