RECRUITING: Iowa State lands commitment from nation’s No. 2 long snapper

One of the nation’s best long snappers is going to be a Cyclone. Koby Hathcock, considered the No. 2 long snapper in the country by Kohl’s Kicking, announced his pledge to Matt Campbell’s program late Sunday night.

The 5-foot-11, 198-pound Arizona native will have an opportunity to join the program and immediately battle for playing time with Steve Wirtel set to graduate after next season. Like Wirtel, Hathcock will be on scholarship in Ames.

“Hathcock is the most athletic and explosive snapper in the country,” an evaluator for Kohl’s Kicking writes. “He was dominant during the Kohl’s Midwest Showcase. He finished the charting portion of camp with an average snap time of .67 seconds and the highest overall score in the country for all Kohl’s Showcase Camps. Hathcock followed up his dominant charting session by crushing the camp wide snapping competition. He won the competition with a .65 second snap time. He is a plug and play athlete that will make an immediate impact for any program in the country.”

Hathcock joined Ankeny Centennial offensive lineman Brady Petersen in announcing his pledge to the Cyclones on Sunday. Iowa State now holds eight commitments for the 2020 cycle.

Jared Stansbury


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