Iowa State hasn’t been known for winning a lot of big recruiting battles in the last few years, but coach Matt Campbell understands how important the recruiting trail is for a college football program. He is beginning to recruit at the level required at a Power Five school. That progress is evident with this commitment, not only because of the level of talent, but also because of the situation around the prospect. Mississippi wideout C.J. Bolar was widely thought of as a heavy Mississippi State lean, with Louisville in second place. Iowa State hadn’t offered until late April, and now, they have their 6th commitment in their 2018 class.
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C.J. Bolar is the second wide receiver in this Iowa State class, along with Sterling Galban. He’s the highest rated wide receiver commitment for Iowa State since Allen Lazard in 2014. His commitment comes, as I said, as a huge surprise. Mississippi State was the expected choice for his entire recruitment, and even after Iowa State extended an offer, most people chalked it up to Matt Campbell just doing his due diligence. It’s obvious that the interest was mutual, as it took the Cyclones less than a month to convince Bolar that he would be best suited to play his college ball in Ames.
This commitment is a big one, and in our recruiting class rankings, this moves Iowa State to 8th in the Big 12, and 48th in the country, They were previously ninth, in front of Kansas State and behind now ninth place Texas Tech. Iowa State is on commitment watch for a few more recruits who can’t yet be named, so this shouldn’t be the last fireworks we see out of Ames in May.
On the field, Bolar has the potential to be an absolute star. he has prototypical size, and he pairs it with rare speed, as he runs a sub 4.5 40 time. His hands aren’t has steady as they need to be to match Iowa State’s standards, but that’s not too hard of a fix for the Cyclones. He’s a raw prospect, but his ability to run routes and incredible athleticism make him an extremely intriguing prospect. His ceiling comparison is Dez Bryant.