RECRUITING: Florida linebacker commits to Iowa State

Iowa State football’s recent run of recruiting success continued on Monday when Florida linebacker Ar’Quel Smith announced his commitment to Matt Campbell’s program. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Naples, Fla. native made his pledge public via Twitter.

Smith, who currently is not rated by the major recruiting services, chose the Cyclones over offers from Kansas, Florida Atlantic, Georgia State, Kent State, Liberty and a few FCS programs. He has also received interest from Miami (FL) since picking up an offer from Iowa State back in February.

This is Iowa State’s 19th known commitment for its 2020 recruiting class that currently ranks as the No. 33 group of pledges in the country. He joins Central Decatur product Cole Pederson and Barnesville, Minn. native Hunter Zenzen as linebackers committed to the class.

Stay tuned to Cyclone Fanatic for more on this story.

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.

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