Yesterday, I mentioned in the newest QuickSlant podcast that Iowa State and Kansas State were the only Big 12 schools without a commitment from their home state. Just a few hours later, Kansas State was the last remaining holdout, as Iowa State landed their top offensive line target, Creston tackle Trevor Downing. Downing has been a priority for Matt Campbell and his staff for the past year-and-a-half, as he received an offer to play for Iowa State just four days into Cambell’s tenure, back in early December, 2015. It was a long winding recruitment, but Iowa State has finally won one of their most important recruiting battles, a battle that weighed on coach Campbell’s mind for the entirety of his time in Ames thus far.
I'm am so happy and humbled to announce my commitment to Iowa State University! pic.twitter.com/HtGyqx1IeR
— Trevor Downing (@TrevorDowning74) May 18, 2017
THE DOWNING FILE
Downing is a huge get for Iowa State. He’s the first offensive lineman in the class, and will almost certainly serve as a leader on the recruiting path, in regards to other offensive lineman that ISU is targeting. He wants to form relationships with his fellow lineman, and that should be a great sign for Iowa State fans, because chemistry is easily the most important thing in an offensive line. The lineman have to work as a unit, and that isn’t possible without chemistry. Trevor really understands that, and Iowa State’s staff loves that about him.
Downing committed to Iowa State over Iowa, Kansas State, Penn State, Missouri, Indiana and Minnesota. The Golden Gophers were widely thought of as being the main competition, as Minnesota was the only other school outside of the in-state schools, Iowa State and Iowa that he took multiple visits to. Downing saw Minneapolis four times and Ames about a dozen times, with the most recent coming yesterday, and serving as the final push needed to land his commitment. Downing is the 7th player to join Iowa State’s 2018 class, and the second in as many days, as C.J. Bolar committed on Wednesday. Word around the program is that this might not be the last commitment between now and Sunday, so all eyes should be on Ames this weekend.
On the field, Downing is one of my favorite offensive lineman in the country. He’s extremely underrated, mainly because he’s coming from a section of the country that goes widely unscouted. He’s got prototypical offensive tackle size, and incredible strength for his age. His footwork needs some coaching, but as raw skills go, he’s one of the top lineman in the country. He’s not necessarily the most athletic lineman in the world, but he should absolutely turn into an excellent starter for the Cyclones at some point in his career. His ceiling comparison is a more athletic version of Ereck Flowers.