Cyclones lose member of 2021 recruiting class

One of the members of Iowa State’s 2021 signing class has opted not to join the Cyclones this fall.

Blinn College safety Ben Langston announced on Friday he will return to the junior college next fall rather than take the next step in his collegiate career. Langston was one of the 18 players to sign national letters of intent with Iowa State during the early signing period in December.

Langston was considered the No. 2 JUCO safety in the country by 247Composite and the No. 38 junior college player in the country by the same metric. He chose the Cyclones over an offer from Missouri.

It is unclear what prompted Langston’s decision not to join the program, but a lack of immediate playing time due to the returns of Greg Eisworth and Isheem Young seems like a likely potential factor, especially considering he was the only member of the class joining the program from the junior college ranks.

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