RECRUITING: Sama goes for 4 TD’s, SEP & Ankeny improve to 5-1

Welcome to our High School Football Tracker, where we chart every Iowa State football commit for the 2023 recruiting class below:

Cyclone commit performance of the week


Southeast Polk (5-1) 49, Linn-Mar (3-3) 27

Abu Sama went over the century mark on the ground and added a receiving catch to complete his second, four-touchdown performance of the season. Sama, who’s being brought in to play defensive back for Iowa State, finished with 103 rushing yards, three touchdowns and a 41-yard reception that he took to the end zone.

Inside the state of Iowa:


Ankeny (5-1) 34, Valley (3-3) 24

J.J. Kohl went 14-20 for 249 yards and 2 touchdown along with 70 yards on the ground and another rushing touchdown in his team’s victory over Valley on Friday. Jamison Patton went off in the meantime, collecting 144 yards including a touchdown on the receiving end.

Here is the touchdown the pair connected on:


Ankeny Centennial (4-2) 28, Urbandale (4-2) 23

Kai Black led the Urbandale Jayhawks in receiving for the third-straight week, continuing his dominance since returning from an injury. Black finished with 119 yards on five catches, but Urbandale suffers its second loss of the season.


West Hancock (6-0) 31, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn (4-2) 18

Once again putting the offense through the all-around player in Kooper Ebel, HMS was downed by its undefeated opponent to suffer its second loss of the season. Ebel threw for 104 yards on 10 completions and rushed for another 129 yards.


Nevada (5-1) 17, Ballard (1-5) 12

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

Around the Midwest

Position, name (high school, home state)

WR Beni Ngoyi (Lincoln High, Nebraska)
North Star 9, Lincoln High 7
Beni Ngoyi had two receptions for 36 yards and three tackles on defense in a loss on Friday night. The Iowa State commit wasn’t taking any plays off, though:

ATH Carson Hansen, Lakeville South (Minn.)
Rosemont 10, Lakeville South 7
Offensive statistics were not posted following Lakeville South’s second loss of the season.

ATH Cam Smith (Austintown-Fitch, Ohio)
Austintown-Fitch 35, Strongsville 3
Cam Smith did not have any listed stats in his team’s sixth win of the season.

LB Jack Sadowsky (Batavia, Illinois)
Batavia 35, Wheaton-Warrenville South 0
Jack Sadowsky recorded four tackles in Batavia’s fourth win of the year.

DL Anthony Cunningham (Belleville East, Illinois)
O’Fallon 49, Belleville East 13
Anthony Cunningham had three tackles in Belleville East’s loss to O’Fallon.

OL Brandon Henderson (East St. Louis, Missouri)
East St. Louis 55, Belleville West 0
The Flyers from East St. Louis tookdown Belleville West in a shutout victory Friday, improving to 4-2.

DL Trevor Buhr (Washington, Missouri)
Washington 45, Fort Zumwalt East 7
Trevor Buhr’s high school earned a second straight blowout win Friday. Stats were not listed, but the Missouri school improves to 3-3.

EDGE Samuel Same (Derby, Kansas)
Derby 70, Haysville Campus 13
Stats were not listed for Derby following its blowout win over Haysville Campus. Some Samuel Same’s early season Highlights can be seen here.

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 59, Shawnee 7
Tashawn James recorded three tackles in the latest blowout win for Carl Albert this season.

DL Jason Hammond (St. Thomas Aquinas, Florida)
St. Thomas Aquinas – Bye Week
Jason Hammond’s undefeated St. Thomas Aquinas squad had a week off (due to Hurricane Ian) on Friday, but Hammond’s mid-season highlights can be seen here.

S Norris Davis (Tampa Bay Tech, Florida)
Tampa Bay Tech vs. Freedom (Mon. @ 7:00 p.m.)
Friday’s scheduled game for Tennessee Tech was moved to Monday night due to Hurricane Ian.

WR Michael Parkes (Bayside, Florida)
Bayside @ Satellite (Mon. @ 6:00 p.m.)
Like Tampa Bay Tech, Bayside will be in action Monday.

OL Brendan Black (The Bolles School, Florida)
The Bolles School vs. The Episcopal School of Jacksonville (Mon. @ 5:00 p.m.)
Brendan Black and The Bolles School will face off with ESJ in Monday night action as well.