ISU picks up key late addition to wrestling recruiting class
Danny Vega had his college future mapped out. He turned down wrestling opportunities across the country to sign with an upstart program in his home state.
Four months later, the three-time Arizona state champion was back on the recruiting market again.
Grand Canyon University’s decision to drop its wrestling program wound up benefiting Iowa State.
The Cyclones secured a commitment from Vega on Saturday, adding another key piece to what was already a top-10 recruiting class.
“They have a pretty good team coming in,” Vega said. “To be a part of this is awesome.”
Vega said he was “bummed about Grand Canyon” and its decision in March to discontinue its program.
“It was very stressful, but I was just trying to keep a positive mindset, so I wasn’t too down on myself about it,” he said. “I was telling myself that this happened for the better, it happened for a reason and obviously it worked for me.”
Vega ran into Iowa State coach Kevin Jackson in late March at an all-state dual in Pennsylvania and it sparked a relationship with the Cyclones.
In his second recruiting go-round, he picked Iowa State over Minnesota, Oregon State and Utah Valley.
“I love the environment here and the training partners I have are great,” he said.
Vega compiled a 131-3 record for Ironwood Ridge High School near Tucson. The projected college 125-pounder also collected six national titles in folkstyle, freestyle and Greco-Roman. He’s ranked the No. 45 prospect in the 2016 class by Flowrestling.
He joins a recruiting class that was ranked seventh by Flowrestling.