Recently, I have been catching up with the high school coaches of Iowa State’s current 2021 commits. On Friday, I talked to Evan Davis, the head coach at Armwood High School in Seffner, Fla. and the coach of ISU cornerback commit Noah Biglow.

Biglow committed to Iowa State on April 16 over offers from more than a dozen other programs, including Washington State, Duke, Virginia, Army and a handful of other programs. He is considered a three-star recruit and the No. 88 cornerback in the 2021 recruiting class by 247Composite.

Here is my Q&A with Coach Davis.

Q: How have you seen Noah develop in your program?

Davis: “Yeah, Noah has developed extremely well. This was his first year with me at Armwood. He was at Wire Grass Ranch prior. He came in and just bought right into everything we were doing. He gained about 10 pounds. Right before spring break in March, he was a kid who came in power cleaning like 170 and when we left spring he was power cleaning 225. He has just bought into everything. He’s already a good looking joker. He’s got long arms, he’s 6-foot-1, 175, 180 pounds. He had seven interceptions in the four playoff games. He already kind of looks the part so now he’s putting muscle on that frame and buying into everything we’re doing.”

Q: What have your interactions been like with Iowa State’s coaches during his recruitment?

Davis: “All of them really love his film. He’s a strong academic kid as well so they love that. They love his length and what he can do. He’s got really good ball skills. So nothing but really positive things out of them from that standpoint.”

Q: What do you envision the Iowa State program is getting in Noah?

Davis: “I think they’re getting a kid who is going to come in and work his butt off. He’s a high character kid. He’s going to be able to play any of those five positions they have on the field for DBs. He’s a kid who is extremely intelligent and is going to work his butt off to make sure he does everything the right way, exactly how the coach wants him to use it. His intellectual ability allows him to play even faster on the field as well.”

Q: Two of Iowa State’s top cornerbacks are from the state of Florida and have come into the program ready to play at a young age. What is it about Florida high school football that prepares defensive backs to be ready to make those early contributions?

Davis: “In the state of Florida, there’s so much talent and speed at the wide receiver position. In this day and age, obviously, with seven-on-seven, the kids just get so much experience and repetition in the state of Florida. You can really come in and get kids fine-tuned from the state of Florida and ready to play early because they’re used to it. It’s not something that’s unfamiliar to them.”

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.