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RECRUITING: Cyclones land commitment from three-star linebacker

The recruiting world has slowed recently due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that did not keep Iowa State from landing a commitment on Tuesday.

Three-star Illinois linebacker Aidan Ralph announced on social media he has committed to Matt Campbell’s program, giving the Cyclones their first defensive commitment of the 2021 recruiting class and fifth commitment overall.

Ralph, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound prospect, is rated as the No. 102 outside linebacker in the 2021 class by 247Sports and is considered the No. 39 player in the state of Illinois. Iowa State was his only reported scholarship offer at the time of his commitment.

Iowa State’s 2021 recruiting class is currently rated as the No. 40 class in the country and No. 7 class in the Big 12.

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.