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Iowa State Football 2023 Recruiting Tracker

Updated: Aug 11, 2022

Matt Campbell and staff have continued to improve year to year on their recruiting, especially with in state targets. Here is the 2023 Cyclone Football Recruiting Tracker:

Click here to go to the top targets not yet committed!


Wyatt Archer (DB from Omaha, Nebraska)

Archer is another player from Nebraska for the Cyclones. Archer will begin at the safety position for the Cyclones and will be a preferred walk-on (not on scholarship).

Beni Ngoyi (6’4″ WR from Lincoln, NE) Lincoln, Nebraska wide receiver chose ISU over Washington and Nebraska via his Instagram Live. Ngoyi is the #7 player in Nebraska according to 247 Sports and a top 800 player in his class. Ngoyi is another great get for the staff by beating out many powerhouse programs. Ngoyi should be an exciting wide receiver for Cyclones fans to see in the future.

Norris Davis Jr. (6’2″ Safety from Tampa, FL) Tampa Safety Norris Davis Jr chose the Cyclones over Kansas State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, West Virginia and others. Davis was high school teammates at Tampa Bay Tech with now Cyclone wide receiver Greg Gaines. Davis is not rated as a prospect but looks like a huge get for the Cyclones with all his major offers. Davis becomes the 18th commit of the 2023 recruiting class.

Brandon Henderson (6’4″ OL from St. Louis, IL) 3 star OL Brandon Anderson becomes the 17th commit of the 2023 Iowa State football recruiting class. Henderson was a main target of the Cyclones and can be a staple on the offensive line with his size for the Cyclones. The Illinois prospect chose ISU over Illinois, Nebraska and others.

Trevor Buhr (6’4″ DL from Washington, MO) 3 star DE Trevor Buhr becomes the 16th commit of the 2023 Iowa State football recruiting class. Buhr has great size and is a big pickup for the Cyclones defense. Buhr chose ISU over Iowa, Nebraska, Washington and Texas A & M.

Samuel Same (6’5″ Edge from Derby, KS) 3 star Edge Rusher (DE/LB) Samuel Same becomes the 15th commit of the 2023 football recruiting class for Campbell and staff. He is a top 100 edge rusher in the class and one of the best players from the state of Kansas. Same chose ISU over Oregon State, Houston, Illinois and others.

Abu Sama (5’10” ATH from Des Moines, IA) 3 star athlete from Southeast Polk High School has committed to ISU. He plays defensive back and running back for the SEP rams. Sama ran for over 900 yards last season. He is a long jump state champ along with a football state champ, which brings a culture of winning to the Cyclones. He will run track and play football for the Cyclones.

Tashawn James (6’0″ DB/S from Oklahoma City, OK)

Tashawn James is another great 3 star athlete the Cyclones have got a commitment from. James only had offers from UNI and Tulsa, but he had a great skill set and will be a great addition for the Cyclones in 2023.

Carson Hansen (6’1″ RB from Lakeville, MN) Carson Hansen is another great 3 star athlete that can play a range of positions for the Cyclones. He was a great RB in high school but it will be interesting to see what Matt Campbell and staff are able to do with his skillset in Ames. He chose ISU over Kansas State, Air Force and others.

Brendan Black (6’4″ OL from Yulee, FL) Brendan Black is a huge O-lineman who could be a staple in ISU’s offensive line. He has good strength and size and a lot of schools across the country were interested in the Florida prospect. He had 20 offers including offers from Miami, Memphis and Louisville among others.

Kooper Ebel (6’3″ ATH from Hartley, IA) Ebel is another explosive athlete that stayed home and chose Iowa State. He could play in many different places for the Cyclones. Ebel is another in state commit as Campbell and the staff keep rolling with this 2023 class. Ebel chose the Cyclones over Iowa, Nebraska and others.

Jamison Patton (6’2″ ATH from Des Moines, IA)

Jamison Patton from Ankeny High School in Ankeny, Iowa has committed to ISU. Patton is another recruit that has decided to stay home and has a ton of potential. Patton plays 4 sports for the Ankeny Hawks after transferring from Roosevelt HS in Des Moines. Patton is getting recruited as a defensive back and that looks like the position he will be playing for the Cyclones. He chose ISU over Iowa, Washington, Nebraska, UCLA and others.

Kai Black (6’1″ WR from Urbandale, IA) Wide receiver Kai Black decides to stay home and is another nice addition to the wide receiver room for the Cyclones. He ranks in the top 600 in the nation and as the number 7 overall player in the state of Iowa. Black chose the Cyclones over Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas and others. 

Michael Parkes (6’1″ WR from Palm Bay, FL) Parkes is a huge commit for ISU. Parkes ranks as the 251st overall best prospect by ESPN, becoming Iowa State’s top ranked prospect. He runs around an 11 flat 100 meter dash and has a great frame for the Cyclones. Parkes also holds offers from Indiana, Mississippi State and others. He is a 4 star recruit and one of the better receivers in the whole class, and will look to complement JJ Kohl in Iowa State’s Offense.

JJ Kohl (6’7″ QB from Ankeny, IA) Kohl is currently Iowa State’s top recruit from the class. One of the best for Iowa State of the last decade, Kohl brings a superstar potential and a big build to the Cyclones. The class of 2023 QB chose Iowa State over Iowa, Nebraska, Florida State, Penn State and others. Kohl is rated a 4 star by both 247 Sports and ESPN.

JJ Kohl Commitment Article

Carson Rhodes (6’7″ TE from Nevada, IA) Rhodes, a local recruit less than a half an hour from Ames committed to the Cyclones in February as their first commit from the class of 2023. He held other offers from South Dakota, Northern Iowa and Kent State.  He is a top 10 player from the state of Iowa.

Jason Hammond (6’3″ DL from Fort Lauderdale. FL) Hammond was a huge get for the Cyclones. The 3 star might not be the highest ranked recruit by the media that Iowa State gets, but he had offers from all over. Some of his top offers include Arizona State, Maryland, Syracuse, West Virginia and Ole Miss. He committed to the Cyclones at the end of March and looks to have an impact on the interior of the defensive line for the next few seasons.

Anthony Cunningham (6’4″ DL from Belleville, IL) Cunningham is another 3 star defensive lineman who brings size to the Cyclones line. Iowa State was his first power 5 offer, with Cunningham also holding offers from Arkansas State and Southeast Missouri State. The Top 20 Illinois recruit will bring depth to Iowa State’s defensive line.

Jack Sadowsky (6’2″ LB from Batavia, IL) Sadowsky brings a lot of athleticism to the linebacker position. A little undersized, but with great speed and range, he could be a great linebacker for the Cyclones. He is another top 20 player from Illinois and was also offered by Louisville, Kansas State and others.

Cam Smith (5’11” ATH from Ohio) Smith is the latest Cyclone Recruit from the class of 2023 to commit. Smith chose the Cyclones over Central Michigan, Bowling Green, Kentucky and others. Smith is a versatile player the Cyclones need and can play all over the football field.

Top Targets:

Kenyon Sadiq- WR/TE (Idaho Falls, ID)

Kenyon Sadiq has placed ISU in his top 3, along with Michigan and Washington. The Idaho Falls WR/TE/Athlete would be Iowa State's second best commit of the class behind JJ Kohl. Look for a commitment soon from the best player in the state of Idaho for the 2023 class.

Blake Purchase-LB (Englewood, CO)

The Cyclones and the Oregon Ducks are in a recruiting battle for Blake Purchase who decided to back up his commitment date. While the Ducks had the early lead on the top 300 linebacker, with recent commitments, it looks like the Cyclones may have taken the lead on the California Prospect. Purchase would be one of the Cyclones better commitments of all time if he decides to come to Ames.

Jordan Allen- DE/LB (Olathe, KS)

Iowa State has emerged as one of the favorites for Kansas edge rusher Jordan Allen. He is a top 10 player in Kansas and has interested and offers from many top schools. The Cyclones are in the recruiting mix with Missouri, Kansas State and Iowa for Allen.

Grant Chapman- OT (Anoka, MN)

Top 10 Minnesota prospect Grant Chapman is another target for the Cyclones. The Cyclones and Kansas State look to be two of the top schools for the offensive tackle.

Marlon McClendon-DB (Lakeland, FL)

The Cyclones are looking good for another Florida prospect, as on3 Recruiting believes Marlon McClendon has is in a very good spot to be a Cyclone.

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