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RECRUITING: The in-state prospects on the Cyclones’ radar for 2023

With the 2021 Cheez-It Bowl wrapped up and two basketball games where Iowa State will host some unofficial visits fast approaching, the prime recruiting season for the 2023 class is starting to take shape.

We wanted to take a look at the in-state prospects the school has already offered and we profiled each below:

JJ Kohl – Quarterback, Ankeny

Of the five quarterbacks Iowa State has offered for the 2023 recruiting class, Kohl is right near the top of the list.

The Ankeny quarterback is currently listed as a four-star and the third-highest rated player in the state.

With offers from Florida State, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska, Kohl will be a quarterback that can draw eyes depending on his improvement going into his senior year.

Jonathan Humpal – ATH/Running Back, CB Lewis Central

As one of the number of Iowa State recruits that came away with high school state championships in 2021, Humpal promises to keep rising on the recruiting charts.

The 5-foot-10 180-pounder out of Council Bluffs helped his Lewis Central Titans squad take home a state title with a team-high 1,432 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns on the ground. On top of that, Humpal added 424 yards on the receiving end and another 350 on 12 kick returns.

He doesn’t own a star rating on 247Sports yet, but don’t be surprised if that changes soon. Humpal’s only D1 offer comes from Iowa State and he’s received interest as well as camp invites from Michigan State, Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska, amongst others.

Kai Black – Wide Receiver, Urbandale

Following in Allen Lazard’s footsteps, Black is looking to be the latest wide receiver out of Urbandale to play college football after high school.

During the 2021 season, Black finished with 888 yards on 54 receptions and 10 touchdowns. He led the team in each category.

Urbandale was eliminated from the playoffs in the first round this past season, but Black – who holds offers from Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt and Miami (OH) on top of Iowa State – hopes to lead them further in ’22.

Kadyn Proctor – Offensive Tackle, SE Polk

Being the No. 1 rated offensive tackle in the nation as well as the highest-rated prospect in Iowa, Proctor is a big target on a number of school’s radars.

The 6-foot-7, 330-pound player helped his SE Polk team to a state championship along with teammate Xavier Nwankpa – a top recruit in the state in the 2022 class that has signed with Iowa.

Proctor has offers from all of Iowa State, Iowa, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Texas, and Oklahoma State and that’s only about one-fifth of the list.

Alex Mota – ATH, Marion

Mota is a three-star, 6-foot-1 player listed as a 175-pound athlete.

Of the players in Iowa slated at the same position, Mota is rated as the fourth-best prospect in the state at the spot.

As a two-way player in 2021, Mota passed 879 yards and rushed for 629 more while at the same collecting 28 tackles on the defensive side of things. It earned him offers from the Cyclones, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Wisconsin and Nebraska.

Jamison Patton – ATH/Defensive Back, Des Moines Roosevelt

Patton is already a name that central Iowa is familiar with, as he leads the Des Moines Roosevelt Roughriders from the quarterback position, much like Will McElvain did at Lincoln a few years back.

While throwing for 1,278 yards, 14 touchdowns and just three interceptions, Patton became a standout player at the spot as far as Iowa high school football goes.

However, Patton is being recruited by Iowa State at the defensive back position with coach Deon Broomfield being the primary recruiter. So far, his three D1 offers come from Iowa State, Iowa, and Nebraska.

Andrew DePaepe – Defensive Lineman, Pleasant Valley

As a four-star, 6-foot-5 230-pound power, DePaepe owns one of the more unique offer lists of any player in Iowa State is recruiting.

DePaepe’s other offers come from Iowa, Washington, Michigan, Michigan State and a handful of others. However, as the second-ranked player in the state, he has yet to receive an offer from an ACC school and has just one SEC team in Missouri.

Expect more schools to jump in as the year grows older. He finished 2021 with 29.5 tackles and seven of them being sacks.

David Borchers – Defensive Lineman, North Scott

So far, Borchers has just a pair of division 1 offers, with Iowa State and Nebraska having eyes on the 6-foot-3 260-pound lineman.

Rated as a three-star recruit and an 81 overall by 247Sports, the North Scott player will have more offers to come.

Look for Borchers, who finished with 27.5 tackles and three sacks for North Scott a season ago to pick up more later this year.

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