RECRUITING: Here’s where Iowa State’s 2023 commits are playing in week one of the high school season

Iowa State goes into the first week of the high school football season with 19 commitments to the 2023 football recruiting class.

We charted all 19 here, 16 of which will open their seasons this Friday in Week 1 of the 2022 high school football season. We’ll give you more on the match-ups with commits from the state of Iowa due to ease of access to statistics, and this is just an editorial reminder that every state in America needs access to a system like Iowa’s Varsity Bound.

Each kickoff is listed in local time and will be played Friday, August 26 unless otherwise noted.

Iowa High Schoolers

QB J.J. Kohl & DB Jamison Patton, Ankeny High School

Ankeny @ Waukee (7:00 p.m.)

This Ankeny High School team will be the biggest high school team for Cyclone fans to watch this year. J.J. Kohl and Jamison Patton highlight the talented roster that earned a trip to the state championship game in 2021. Patton transfers from Des Moines Roosevelt and will add a lot to a stacked roster.

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WR Kai Black, Urbandale

Urbandale vs. Bettendorf (7:00 p.m.)

Iowa State already has some history with wideouts from Urbandale and Kai Black looks to follow Allen Lazard as the school’s next great one. The J-Hawks open with a cross-state matchup with Bettendorf.

ATH Abu Sama, Southeast Polk

Southeast Polk @ Dowling Catholic (7:00 p.m.)

The defending state champion Southeast Polk opens the season with the test of longtime power Dowling Catholic. The Maroons are led by Penn State quarterback commit Jaxon Smolik, so this will draw a considerable amount of attention.

TE Carson Rhodes, Nevada

Nevada @ Boone (7:00 p.m.)

Carson Rhodes, Iowa State’s first commitment in the 2023 class, will open his season with the local matchup at Boone. Cyclone fans living in Ames could easily make it out to this game.

ATH Kooper Ebel, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn @ West Sioux (7:00 p.m.)

Kooper Ebel’s HMS high school team opened the season with a 73-21 loss to West Sioux a year ago. Ebel and his teammates will be looking for a revenge victory over the 2021 state runner-up on Friday.

Around the Midwest

Position, name (high school, home state)

WR Beni Ngoyi (Lincoln High, Nebraska)
Lincoln High vs. Lincoln Southwest (8:00 p.m.)

DL Trevor Buhr (Washington, Missouri)
Washington vs. Union (7:00 p.m.)

OL Brandon Henderson (East St. Louis, Missouri)
East. St. Louis vs. St. Francis Academy (Saturday, 8:00 p.m.)

LB Jack Sadowsky (Batavia, Illinois)
Batavia @ Phillips (Saturday, 7:00 p.m.)

DL Anthony Cunningham (Belleville East, Illinois)
Belleville East @ Collinsville (7:00 p.m.)

EDGE Samuel Same (Derby, Kansas)
Derby vs. Manhattan (Next Week, Fri. 7:00 p.m.)

ATH Cam Smith (Austintown-Fitch, Ohio)
Austintown-Fitch (1-0) vs. McKinley (1-0) (7:00 p.m.)
Notes: Fitch defeated its week 1 opponent, Foothill – a high school located in Henderson, Nevada, 42-10. No stats were reported for Smith.

ATH Carson Hansen (Lakeville South, Minnesota)
Lakeville South vs. Park (Next Week, Thurs. 7:00 p.m.)

Florida & elsewhere

Iowa State boasts four commits from Florida and another non-Midwest commit from Oklahoma, each of which will kick off the season this Friday:

OL Brendan Black (The Bolles School, Florida)
The Bolles School @ St. Augustine (7:00 p.m.)

WR Michael Parkes (Bayside, Florida)
Bayside @ Salem (7:00 p.m.)

S Norris Davis (Tampa Bay Tech, Florida)
Tampa Bay Tech @ Plant (7:30 p.m.)

DL Jason Hammond (St. Thomas Aquinas, Florida)
St. Thomas Aquinas vs. St. Joseph’s Prep (Noon)

S Tashawn James (Carl Albert, Oklahoma)
Carl Albert @ Coweta (7:00 p.m.)