Basketball

Recruiting Roundup: May 3, 2019

Iowa State football has picked up three commitments since the last update,  a graduate transfer for 2019 and two commitments for the class of 2020.  Iowa State now has six pledges for 2020 with the class ranked 31st nationally by 247 Sports Composite.

Rice graduate transfer cornerback Justin Bickham (Pflugerville, Texas) visited and committed to the Cyclones on April 7th.  Bickham is looking to restock the defensive backfield which suffered the most significant losses for the Iowa State defense from last season.

Offensive tackle Hayden Pauls (Emporia, Kan.) announced his commitment on April 13th. Pauls was offered during a camp visit on June 22nd last year and chose the Cyclones over power 5 offers from Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, and Purdue.  He is currently rated as the No. 44 OT and No. 535 overall for the class.
The third commitment came from outside linebacker Hunter Zenzen (Barnesville, Minn.), who is ranked 95th at his position and 1307th overall.  Zenzen chose Iowa State over offers from North Dakota, North Dakota State and South Dakota.

BASKETBALL:

*** Point guard Sahvir Wheeler (Houston, Texas) will announce his decision between Georgia and Iowa State on May 6th.   He took official visits back-to-back to the two schools in mid-April.  Wheeler is rated as the No. 6 PG and No. 92 overall for the 2019 class.

*** The second high school Spring target the Cyclones are still after is point guard Caleb Grill (Maize, Kan.), who arrived for his official visit in Ames on April 29th.  Grill is thought to be down to ISU, Kansas State and UNLV.  Jared interviewed him for visit recap, which you can read here.

*** Arkansas-Little Rock grad transfer Rayjon Tucker (Charlotte, N.C.) took a visit to Iowa State on May 2nd.  Tucker is currently on an official visit to Kansas and has also visited Auburn, Memphis and West Virginia.

*** ISU is currently hosting Troy transfer Javan Johnson (Decatur, Ala.) on an official visit, which started May 2nd.  Johnson would sit one, play two if he ends up in a Cyclone uniform.

*** The first prospect that officially visited the Cyclones this Spring will not be attending Iowa State.  Combo guard Clarence Nadolny (Paris, FR/Scotland, Pa.) chose Texas Tech over finalists of ISU and West Virginia at the end of April.  He had officially visited all three consecutively in mid-April.

*** Iowa State was out to see a lot of 2020 targets with offers during the April Evaluation Period.  Staff was mentioned in multiple reports watching PF Chris Moore (West Memphis, Ark.), PF Xavier Foster (Oskaloosa, Iowa), PG Ty Berry (Newton, Kan.), SG Jayden Stone (Wichita, Kan.), PG Reece Beekman (Baton Rouge, La.), PF Ben Carlson (Saint Paul, Minn.), PG Jalen Suggs (Minneapolis, Minn.), SG Matthew Murrell (Memphis, Tenn.), PF Jamari Sibley (Milwaukee, Wisc.), and PG Desmond Polk (New Berlin, Wisc.).

FOOTBALL:

*** Iowa State safety commit Craig McDonald is doing the best he can to convince high school teammate Kaden Johnson (Minneapolis, Minn.) to join him in Ames.  McDonald is rated No. 714 in the class and outside linebacker Johnson is No. 128, which would make him the 2nd highest rated commit of all time for ISU behind Allen Lazard.

*** A top target for the defensive line made his fourth visit.  SDE Johnny Wilson (Kansas City, Mo.) was offered way back on April 21st, 2017.

*** New high-interest target Tommy Christakos (Scottsdale, Ariz.) made his way to Iowa State for a visit on April 12th.  California and Nebraska are the other supposed leaders to land the wide receiver.

*** Tight end Joshua Rawlings (Pittsburgh, Pa.) declared his top seven schools via Twitter.  ISU joins Indiana, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Virginia on the list.  He was offered on February 20th.

SUMMARY:

Football Commitments:
2019 CB Justin Bickham
OT Hayden Pauls
OLB Hunter Zenzen

Football High Interest:
TE Joshua Rawlings

Football Visitors:
OT Monroe Mills
OT Hayden Pauls
OT Jake Seidel (No Offer)
OT Brady Peterson (No Offer)
OT George Sell
TE Blake Smith
TE Noah Abbott (No Offer)
TE Mitchell Bartol (No Offer)
WR Jordan Davis (No Offer)
WR Quentin Skinner (No Offer)
WR Wyatt Wegener (No Offer)
SDE Johnny Wilson
SDE Kevo Wesley
DE Ben Belken (No Offer)
OLB Kaden Johnson
OLB Hunter Zenzen
S Craig McDonald
S Zach Middleton
2021 OT Bastian Swinney
2021 OT Connor Colby
2021 TE Brady Peterson (No Offer)
2021 RB Max White (No Offer)
2021 OLB Jaden Feterl (No Offer)

Basketball Offers:
PG DJ Steward
SF Isaiah Adams
2021 PG Kennedy Chandler
2021 PF Matthew Mors

2019 Football Offers:
WR Darren Wilson

2020 Football Offers:
OT Brandon Coleman
WR Lorinzo Penn
WR Tommy Christakos
WR Marcus Clarke
WR Xavier McGriff
DT Quay Mays
DT Jairus Brewer
ILB Will Dempsey Jr.
CB Davonte Brown
CB Brian George
CB Emmanuell Perry
S Zach Middleton
Jordyn Morgan
ATH Ja’Quan Randolph

2021 Football Offers:
OT Adrien Strickland
OT Teddy Prochazka
OT Jalen Travis
WDE Ethan Downs
WDE Elijah Jeudy
SDE Cade Denhoff
DT Gabriel Rubio
DT Allan Hayes Jr.
OLB Randolph Kpai
CB Shafeek Smith
Saint McLeod

2022 Football Offers:
RB Jaylon Glover
WR Nasir Bowers
WR Kevin Coleman
WDE Enai White
ATH Arlen Harris Jr.

Football Warming:
OT Hayden Pauls: Iowa, Kansas State

Non-ISU Basketball Commitments:
CG Harlond Beverly: Miami
CG Clarence Nadolny: Texas Tech

Non-ISU Football Commitments:
OG Dalton Tomlison: UMass (No Offer)
OT Jake Seidel: Ball State (No Offer)
OT Terah Edwards: Northwestern
TE Christian Lee: North Texas (No Offer)
TE Elijah Yelverton: Iowa
WR Jordan Johnson: Notre Dame
WR Logan Kyle: Vanderbilt
OLB Xander Mueller: Northwestern (No Offer)
OLB Tyson Meiguez: Georgia Tech
CB Dontae Manning: Oklahoma
2021 ATH Charles Montgomery: South Carolina

ISU Football Eliminated:
WR Devell Washington
SDE Darrion Henry
SDE Amin Vanover
ILB Bryce Austin
OLB Alvin Mathis
S Bangally Kamara
S Xavion Alford

Nate Galema

editor

Nate has been covering football and basketball recruiting since late 2016. He works as a software engineer for the oil and gas industry. Outside of his recruiting obsession, he enjoys spending time with his wife Lizy and son Jaxson, watching any NCAA basketball game and the USMNT, playing video games and card games. Lover of rabbits.