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RECRUITING: JUCO WR gives Iowa State third commitment in 24 hours

Make it three.

After adding three-star high schoolers quarterback Hunter Dekkers and defensive end Johnny Wilson in the last 24 hours, the Cyclones continued their recruiting roll on Monday with a pledge from Blinn College wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson.

Hutchinson, who officially visited Ames this past weekend, chose the Cyclones over offers from Arizona State, Illinois, TCU, Utah and a handful of other FBS programs. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound pass catcher, originally from Jacksonville, Fla, caught 15 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman in 2019.

Hutchinson, who is rated as the No. 34 JUCO prospect overall and No. 7 JUCO wide receiver in the country by 247Composite, is the second wide receiver to join Iowa State’s 2020 recruiting class in the last week along with Florida native Aidan Bitter. He is the program’s 12th commitment in the class overall.

Iowa State’s class is currently ranked as the No. 33 class in the country and No. 5 class in the Big 12.

Writer’s note: This post was updated at 1:25 p.m. to reflect Hutchinson receiving a rating from 247Composite.

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.