RECRUITING: Florida athlete commits to Iowa State

Iowa State has landed a commitment from a three-star athlete capable of playing both sides of the ball at the collegiate level. Lakewood (Fla.) prospect T.J. Tampa announced his pledge to Matt Campbell’s program on Friday.

Tampa, who is also a standout on the basketball court, chose the Cyclones over offers from Wake Forest, Maryland, Rutgers, UCF, Toledo, USF and a handful of other programs. The 6-foot-2, 171-pound athlete who will play either wide receiver or defensive back is considered the No. 200 athlete in the class and No. 180 player in Florida by 247Composite.

The St. Petersburg, Fla. native was offered by the Cyclones back in March then took an unofficial visit to Ames for one of the program’s camps in June. He is the program’s third commit from the state of Florida and the No. 20 pledge overall.

Iowa State’s class is currently considered the No. 35 class in the country and No. 4 class in the Big 12.

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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.