Iowa State recruit Hunter Dekkers of West Sioux is on the verge of breaking Iowa high school career records Randy Peterson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome, once again, to the recruiting mailbag.
As always, feel free to send me questions over Twitter or to email@example.com. 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.
You gonna have a rundown on all visits in the mailbag? — @CHAP__23
There's a lot to keep track of right now, as this is the first week of college basketball's fall contact period. That means, from Sept. 9-Nov. 10, coaches can make in-person visits with prospects off their college campus.
According to sources with direct knowledge of Iowa State's recruitment, here's some of what has happened, and will happen, with the Cyclones:
Sept. 9: In-home visit with Oskaloosa four-star big Xavier Foster; Georgia three-star point guard Jaden a walker; Indian Hills guard Tyon Grant-Foster; Omaha four-star 2021 guard Hunter Sallis.
Sept. 10: Minneapolis four-star shooting guard Kerwin Walton; Minneapolis five-star 2021 big Chet Holmren.
Sept. 11: Chicago five-star combo guard D.J. Steward; Arkansas four-star big Jaylin Williams; Minneapolis four-star power forward Ben Carlson, according to Stockrisers' Jake Weingarten.
Sept. 12: Iowa State is expected to be on hand for Waukee's open gym, Warriors 2021 wing Tucker DeVries told me. He and fellow 2021 wing Payton Sandfort would be the main attractions for the Cyclones.
Sept. 16: Arkansas four-star point guard KK Robinson; Milwaukee four-star forward Jamari Sibley.
Sept. 18: In-home visit with Wichita four-star combo guard Ty Berry; Wichita four-star combo guard Jayden Stone.
Official visits: Walker (Sept. 13-15) and Berry (Sept. 20-22). Others are also in the works.
Iowa State also visited with Robinson's father Sept. 10. It will visit with him again Sept. 17, and it will visit with Williams' family Sept. 17, as well.
Here's some of what's going on with Iowa:
Sept. 9: Fran McCaffery and Sherman Dillard visited Foster at school in the morning, his father told me; Omaha four-star power forward Max Murrell, who officially visited Iowa this past weekend, committed to Stanford.
Sept. 10: McCaffery visited New York four-star wing Andre Jackson at school; Iowa was also expected to visit Kerwin Walton at some point this week.
Sept. 12: Iowa will also be at Waukee's open gym, Sandfort and DeVries told me. Sandfort holds an offer from the Hawkeyes.
Official visits: 247Sports' Evan Flood reported that Sibley will officially visit Iowa Sept. 27-29; Minneapolis four-star big Steven Crowl is also set to officially visit that weekend.
Other visits: Dowling Catholic 2023 forward Omaha Biliew, who already holds an Iowa offer, was at the Rutgers game. His teammate, 2022 forward Ruot Bijiek, was there, too.
Top six: Iowa also recently made the top six for three-star Pittsburgh guard D.J. Gordon, along with Minnesota, Penn State, Providence, VCU and Pittsburgh. He has official visits scheduled to Penn State, Minnesota, VCU and Providence.
- - Matthew Mahoney, WR, West Des Moines Valley, 2021: Interest from Iowa and Iowa State; nine catches for 106 yards and a touchdown so far this season; 6-foot-1, 175 pounds.
- - Aaron Smith, DB, Waukee, 2021: Interest from Iowa and Iowa State; six tackles and three catches for 43 yards so far this year; 5-10, 165
Any chance (Hunter) Sallis makes it to Ames on Saturday? — @crookedhatkid
Yes, Sallis confirmed with me that he'll take an unofficial visit to Iowa State for the Cy-Hawk game. Walker will be there on his official visit, too.
And rounding out the visiting trio will be Ames 2022 point guard Tamin Lipsey. Don't be shocked if the Cyclones wind up getting 2022 Wichita wing Gradey Dick on campus, too. He and Lipsey visited Ames at the same time Aug. 5, and the Cyclones would be happy, happy campers if those two formed the core of their 2022 class.
What are the odds Xavier Foster lands in-state? — @sean_janko
This question has popped up several times in previous mailbags, and this answer won't be much different: Foster staying in the state still feels like the most likely scenario.
That isn't coming from Foster or his parents, or really from anyone in his camp.
But, for a long time, chatter surrounding this recruitment has suggested things will ultimately come down to Iowa and Iowa State, with Baylor as a potential dark horse.
That's why it was a surprise when Virginia Tech and Providence appeared in Foster's final five. Those two feel like wild cards right now. That could change, though, if those coaching staffs can make a strong impression during Foster's official visits — Virginia Tech Sept. 11-13, Providence Sept. 20-22.
Bottom line: I'd say the odds are pretty good that Foster lands in-state.
Where is Tyon (Grant-Foster) from? — @ted_rood
This is a name Iowa State fans will hear plenty about in the coming weeks and months.
Tyon Grant-Foster is a 6-7, do-it-all guard who plays for junior college powerhouse Indian Hills in Ottumwa, Iowa — where Cyclones assistant coach Daniyal Robinson played his juco ball.
The Cyclones have offered, and Steve Prohm was at Indian Hills Sept. 9 to visit Grant-Foster. Indian Hills head coach Hank Plona told me Oklahoma State, San Diego State, Missouri, Missouri State, St. John's and Portland State were expected that day, and schools such as Miami, Ole Miss, Arkansas and LSU were expected later in the week.
Grant-Foster is from the Kansas City area and a product of Schlagle High School. Talk behind the scenes is that he could wind up a top-10 juco prospect in the country. He averaged 8.2 points per game as a freshman at Indian Hills and had a strong summer. Grant-Foster will meet many of the coaches recruiting him for the first time this week.
Expect Iowa State to remain heavily involved and likely try to get him on campus.
Have you heard much about Ben Sinnott, Waterloo Columbus TE/DE? — Brian
I honestly hadn't heard much about Ben Sinnott before getting this email. But I'm paying attention now.
Sinnott is a 6-4, 215-pound tight end/defensive end who plays for Columbus Catholic in Waterloo. Through two games, he has 14 catches for 166 yards and five touchdowns, plus 13.5 tackles and five solo sacks.
That type of size and production is impressive. Sinnott holds offers from South Dakota and Division II programs such as Wayne State and Minnesota State.
He plays Class 2A football, the third-largest class in Iowa. His film isn't jaw-dropping, but it shows a big, two-way player who can do a lot on the field. Coaches can work with that. I hope to be able to see him play in person this year.
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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