RECRUITING: Cyclones land Demarion Watson

T.J. Otzelberger’s first full recruiting class as the head coach at Iowa State is shaping up to be one of the best in school history.

Three-star Minnesota forward Demarion Watson announced his pledge to Iowa State on Monday via his Twitter account. The Totino-Grace product picking the Cyclones should move the program into the top-10 of 247‘s team class rankings for the 2022 recruiting cycle.

Watson, a 6-foot-6, 175-pound Minneapolis native, is considered the No. 140 player in the 2022 class, No. 35 small forward and No. 6 prospect in Minnesota by 247Composite. He commits to Iowa State over offers from Vanderbilt, Minnesota, Creighton, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, Stanford and a handful of other programs.

Once the class rankings are updated to reflect Watson’s commitment, Iowa State will likely sit somewhere just outside of the top-five classes in the country, albeit with more commitments than most other programs. Still, the addition of Watson to a class that already included Ames High star Tamin Lipsey and four-star Minnesota prep standout Eli King is a statement about Otzelberger and his staff’s ability to identify, recruit and land their targets.

Stay tuned to Cyclone Fanatic for more on this news.

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.