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RECRUITING: Cyclones listed among Xavier Foster’s top-five

Iowa State is among the top-five for the state’s top 2020 prospect.

Oskaloosa forward Xavier Foster listed the Cyclones along with Iowa, Providence, Baylor and Virginia Tech in a post on his Instagram account on Monday. The 7-foot, 225-pound center has long been one of the program’s top prospects for the 2020 recruiting cycle.

Foster, who led Oskaloosa to a Class 3A state championship as a junior in 2018-19, is considered the No. 1 player in the state of Iowa by 247Composite. The four-star prospect is rated as the No. 8 center in the country and No. 41 player overall in the class.

He cut his list to five from 13 total offers that also included Kansas, UCLA, USC, Missouri, Creighton, Illinois and others. Foster officially visited Ames last October for the football program’s upset win over West Virginia then unofficially visited Ames in January.

The Cyclones currently have two scholarships open for the 2020 recruiting cycle and do not yet hold any commitments.

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.