Ankeny three-star receiver Brody Brecht caught five passes for 152 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 vs. Ankeny Centennial. Matthew Bain, email@example.com
Welcome, once again, to the recruiting mailbag.
As always, feel free to send me questions over Twitter or to firstname.lastname@example.org. I know I do the weekly call-out for questions on Twitter on Monday, but I'm happy take questions any other day of the week, too.
Let's get to this week's answers.
Whom of the football recruits are you hearing is coming to the Cy-Hawk game? — @jrobs2003_josh
These won't be the only Iowa State football targets/prospects on the sidelines at the Cy-Hawk game, but here are some in-state players who have told me they'll be there:
Jeff Bowie, DE, West Branch, 2021
Three-star, top-400 prospect in the country. Iowa Eight member. Iowa State was his first Power 5 offer back in April. Iowa, Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Minnesota and Vanderbilt have also offered.
T.J. Bollers, DE, Clear Creek Amana, 2021
Four-star, top-200 prospect in the country. Two-time Iowa Eight member. Iowa State was his first offer in January 2018. Has been on campus multiple times. A legitimate national-level recruit in eastern Iowa.
Seth Malcom, ATH, Fremont-Mills, 2021
Three-star, No. 609 prospect, according to 247Sports. Holds offers from Iowa State and Nebraska. A 6-foot-3, 200-pounder who can do a little of everything. Michigan State, Miami (Ohio), North Dakota State, Minnesota and Wisconsin have reached out, he said.
Marcus Morgan, QB/ATH, Iowa City West, 2021
One of the best junior athletes in the state, Morgan holds a football offer from Iowa State and a baseball offer from Iowa. He’ll also likely get several Division I basketball offers, too. The Cyclones are his only football offer, but Iowa and Penn State are among those interested.
Tyler Maro, OL, Davenport Assumption, 2021
Big, 6-7 offensive line prospect with high ceiling. On both Iowa's and Iowa State's radar. Wisconsin has contacted him, too, he said.
Dodge Sauser, OL, Grinnell, 2021
Son of Grinnell head coach Brian Sauser, Dodge is a well-built, promising young lineman who packs a good amount of athleticism into his 6-5, 255-pound frame. Iowa and Iowa State are the main two schools interested right now.
Dayson Clayton, RB, Fort Dodge, 2021
A sturdy 6-foot, 205-pound running back out of Fort Dodge's prolific offense. He's had a relationship with Iowa State for a while, and he's also heard from Wisconsin this week.
Kobe Clayborne, DT, Bishop Heelan, 2020
A high-motor defensive tackle who isn't huge, but plays with a whole bunch of effort and energy. A high-level wrestler, as well, who understands leverage. Army has offered, and Stanford has given him a preferred walk-on offer.
Creighton Mitchell, RB, West Des Moines Valley, 2020
North Dakota commit who recently picked up an Iowa State preferred walk-on offer. A shifty, versatile all-purpose back who can catch out of the backfield and return punts and kicks well. Also held an Army offer.
News on some other notable 2021 prospects ...
Roland-Story athlete Zach Twedt told me he hopes to attend the Cy-Hawk game, but he'd be there as a spectator, not as a game-day visitor. He is still verbally committed to the Cyclones. He'll be an unofficial visitor at Iowa this weekend.
Mount Pleasant three-star offensive lineman Henry Lutoksky, who's considered a top-500 prospect in the country, told me he'll be at Nebraska vs. Northern Illinois on Cy-Hawk weekend. He holds offers from Iowa State, Nebraska and Missouri.
Bettendorf three-star defensive tackle Griffin Liddle, who's considered a top-400 prospect in the country, isn't sure if he'll be able to attend yet. The Bulldogs practice Saturday mornings, which may make it tough to get to Ames by 3 p.m.
Lewis Central tight end/receiver Thomas Fidone won't be on the Cy-Hawk sidelines because he'll be at a school dance, he told me. The Cyclones just offered over the weekend, and Iowa offered in late July.
Remember: Georgia three-star point guard Jaden Walker will also be on his official visit during Cy-Hawk weekend. The 6-5 prospect holds other offers from Ole Miss, New Mexico and Mississippi State, among others.
I saw Jeremiah Oden visited Drake BB. Any word on a possible commitment? — @sfan_b
In case you missed it: Jeremiah Oden, a 6-8 wing from Chicago, officially visited Drake this past weekend. Originally a 2019 recruit, Oden reclassified to 2020 and will play this season at Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kansas.
No, there was no commitment.
Oden told me he also has an official visit scheduled to Valparaiso this weekend. He has no additional visits planned, although Illinois State could make a late push after offering him Aug. 21.
Drake offered in late July, after Oden impressed at the NCAA camp in Illinois.
"It was great," Oden told me of his Bulldogs visit. "I really like the people there and the culture that they are building. I love the direction the program is headed and their vision for me."
What is that vision?
"They see me as someone who can come in and work for a chance to have a big impact," he said, "and continue to set the program in the right direction."
Oden's AAU coach, Team Rose's Jerrel Oliver, told me he was still fielding some high-major interest for Oden, including Northwestern. But it sounds like this race will mostly come down to Drake and Valpo, with Illinois State in the mix, too.
What’s Iowa’s odds (to get T.J. Bollers) if every Power 5 offers? 30/70 against? — @Hawkfan7314
If we're talking about Iowa competing with every Power 5 in the country — including powerhouse programs and NFL factories like Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma, Florida, Notre Dame, etc. — then I'd say the odds are very slim.
And that's nothing against the Hawkeyes.
But Iowa's NFL luster isn't as powerful against the schools mentioned above
(By the way: Alabama and Florida were among the schools to reach out to Bollers on Sept. 1, the first day schools could directly contact junior prospects. Georgia has also sent him a whole bunch in the mail this week.)
Bollers holds other offers from Iowa State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Kansas State, Virginia Tech, Cal and Vanderbilt. Plenty more have shown interest, and he'll likely land a more big-time offers before his recruitment ends.
Iowa is squarely in this race. For sure. Bollers lives 10 minutes from campus. His dad played for the Hawkeyes in the 1990s. He has strong relationships with the coaching staff and Iowa has a strong track record with defensive lineman.
Bollers is not, however, a hometown product who only dreams of playing in Kinnick.
He has made it clear that he wants to maximize his college options. He and his family are eager to travel to see what different schools across the country have to offer, such as Virginia Tech, Cal and Vanderbilt, the final of which they visited last weekend.
Bollers is set to visit Iowa this weekend when it hosts Rutgers. After that, he has six other scheduled visits — two to Iowa State, two to Wisconsin and two to Nebraska.
I'm not saying Bollers won't wind up a Hawkeye.
But I also wouldn't assume the Hawkeyes are in the driver's seat. There's still a long way to go here, and a lot of schools are involved.
How hard are Iowa and Iowa State pushing for DE Jeff Bowie? — @BradyKnoop12
I texted with Bowie a bit Tuesday and he said Iowa and Iowa State are both making him feel like a priority. As I wrote earlier, he'll be in Ames for the Cy-Hawk game, and he was in Iowa City last weekend for the Hawkeyes' opener against Miami of Ohio.
2021 DE prospect Jeff Bowie details his big recruiting summer. Dargan Southard, email@example.com
Bowie earned Iowa Eight honors this year because he has considerable potential. He hasn't had much production yet, but he still holds six Power 5 offers.
Because he has a 6-5, 245-pound frame with room for more bulk. Because he's practically a weight-room legend in eastern Iowa. Because he's performed well at college and regional camps.
With a strong junior season, his long list of Power 5 interest could turn into more offers.
Long story short: Bowie is full of upside. And Iowa State and Iowa want that upside in their program.
Any feedback or thoughts on Xavier Foster's trip to Ames last weekend? — @ted_rood
If you want details about Oskaloosa 7-footer Xavier Foster's weekend visit to Iowa State, I just published a story about that right here.
Among the details in that story: The Fosters are targeting an early-November decision.
In terms of the Cyclones' perspective, everything I'm hearing is that the coaching staff feels good about the visit and about where they stand with the Foster family. Xavier has already visited Ames countless times, and he's had a relationship with the Cyclones since just about the beginning of time.
So, there's not a whole lot more Iowa State can do to sell Foster on joining the program. It'll be pretty much the same with Iowa in October.
The ball is in his court.
Matthew Bain covers recruiting, Iowa/Iowa State athletics and Drake basketball for the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.
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