RECRUITING: Cyclones set to host JUCO DT on official visit

It is set to be a relatively quiet week on the recruiting front for Iowa State football with currently only one notable official visitor set to be Ames as the Cyclones will host Hutchinson C.C. defensive tackle Latrell Bankston this weekend.

Bankston, a 6-foot-1, 284-pound Woodstock, Ga. native, is considered the No. 49 junior college player in the country and No. 3 defensive tackle by 247Composite. He also holds offers from Kansas State, Oregon State, Arizona, Boise State and a handful of other FBS programs.

He was just named the KJCCC defensive player of the week after recording seven tackles, five of them for a loss, and four sacks in No. 1 Hutchinson’s win over Fort Scott. Bankston has recorded seven sacks through the Dragons’ first four games.

Defensive tackle is one of the positions of need for Iowa State in the 2020 recruiting cycle with both Ray Lima and Jamahl Johnson set to graduate after this year. While there are some talented youngsters who will still be in the program, Bankston presents an interesting option as an immediate stop-gap next season to bridge the gap until guys like Isaiah Lee and co. are prepared to step into major roles.

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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