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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 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.