RECRUITING: Carson Hansen sets school record, Kooper Ebel goes off again

It’s week five of the high school football season and some trends are starting to emerge with the amount of Iowa State commits that are standing out in multiple games this season. Check out how each of them did this week in our commit tracker.

Cyclone commit performance of the week


Lakeville South 43, Farmington 21

Carson Hansen set the school record for rushing yards in a game during Lakeville South’s win over Farmington. Hansen rushed for 322 yards and topped the standing mark by 50 yards on the ground. He collected four touchdowns on the night and continues to impress up north.

Inside the state of Iowa:


Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn (4-1) 51, Alta-Aurelia (2-3) 16

Kooper Ebel has completely taken the reigns for his high-powered HMS offense midway through the season. The two-way star again lined up at quarterback, accounting for four touchdowns on the night – two rushing and two through the air. Ebel ran for 240 yards and added 132 passing yards on a 7-13 completion rate. He also corralled 7.5 tackles on defense, kicked an extra point, and converted on a pair of two-point conversions.


Ankeny (4-1) 35, Des Moines Roosevelt (2-3) 18

J.J. Kohl went 11-18 for 196 yards and 1 touchdown along with a rushing score at Drake Stadium in his team’s 35-18 win over Des Moines Roosevelt Friday night. Jamison Patton added four receptions for 37 yards in the game, as the Hawks improved to 4-1.


Urbandale (4-1) 48, Des Moines East (1-4) 0

Kai Black led the Urbandale Jayhawks in receiving for the second straight week, catching six balls for 91 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his team’s blowout win over Des Moines East.


Nevada (4-1) 25, Gilbert (Hampton-Dumont-Cal (1-4) 22

Carson Rhodes, Iowa State’s first commitment in the 2023 class, did not register any stats in Nevada’s fourth win of the season.


Southeast Polk (4-1) 56, Waterloo West (1-4) 0

Abu Sama did not have any listed stats in SE Polk’s win over Waterloo West, and did not play last week against Ankeny.

Around the Midwest

Position, name (high school, home state)

ATH Cam Smith (Austintown-Fitch, Ohio)
Washington 49, Austintown-Fitch 28
Cam Smith did not have any listed stats in his team’s first loss of the season.

LB Jack Sadowsky (Batavia, Illinois)
Batavia 35, Glenbard North 6
Jack Sadowsky recorded five tackles and two quarterback hurries as Batavia ran on to another victory this season.

DL Anthony Cunningham (Belleville East, Illinois)
Belleville East 33, Alton 14
Anthony Cunningham did not have any listed stats in his team’s 33-14 win Friday.

OL Brandon Henderson (East St. Louis, Missouri)
East St. Louis 60, O’Fallon 21
The Flyers from East St. Louis played O’Fallon on Saturday, walking away with a blowout win.

DL Trevor Buhr (Washington, Missouri)
Washington 76, Liberty 7
Trevor Buhr’s high school scored a season-high 76 points in their win this week. Stats were not listed, but the Missouri school improves to 2-3.

EDGE Samuel Same (Derby, Kansas)
Derby 28, Hutchinson 21
Samuel Same finished with 10 total tackles in his school’s victory over Hutchinson this week. Highlights can be seen here.

WR Beni Ngoyi (Lincoln High, Nebraska)
Lincoln High 40, Lincoln Northeast 6
Stats were not available for Beni Ngoyi’s team’s win over Lincoln NE on Friday, but the future Cyclone impressed with this touchdown grab during the game:

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:

S Tashawn James (Carl Albert, Oklahoma)
Carl Albert 41, Eisenhower 0
Tashawn James earned 71 yards on two receptions as a receiver in Friday’s win over Eisenhower, scoring a touchdown on the offensive side of the ball. He added a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and also boasted five tackles along with an interception:

DL Jason Hammond (St. Thomas Aquinas, Florida)
St. Thomas Aquinas 21, Treasure Coast 7
Jason Hammond’s team improved to 5-0 with another victory on a so-far perfect season.

S Norris Davis (Tampa Bay Tech, Florida)
Tampa Bay Tech 54, Gaither 14
Norris Davis finished with three tackles in his team’s blowout victory. Tampa Bay Tech improves to 5-0 on the year.

WR Michael Parkes (Bayside, Florida)
Bayside, Bye week
Bayside High School was not in action this week.

OL Brendan Black (The Bolles School, Florida)
Benedictine 26, The Bolles School 17
Brendan Black and The Bolles School dropped to 2-3 on the season Friday night.