It’s easy to get caught up in wacky, big time stories when it comes to recruiting. Hype is a center point of recruiting, and the entire landscape changes when a team does something big on the recruiting path. Often times, that hype prevents classes that deserve recognition from getting it, and right now, Iowa State’s 2018 class is deserving of some recognition. The Cyclones are a top 35 class, and Matt Campbell is quietly building an extremely impressive group in Ames. Yesterday evening, that group got even better, when Detroit cornerback Jaeveyon Morton committed to Iowa State.
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Morton is the 10th player in Iowa State’s class, and the second defensive back, along with Anthony Johnson Jr. Iowa State offered way back in February, and battled with in-state rival Iowa up to the last-minute for Morton’s commitment.
The Cyclones also beat Cincinnati, Indiana, Pitt, Syracuse and Michigan State for Morton’s services. Because he’s from Michigan, many thought Morton would stay in the blue print of the Big 10, but thanks to an impressive recruiting job by D.K. McDonald, as well as a fantastic visit in late May, Iowa State was able to steal a very talented player away from the likes of Indiana and Michigan State.
On the field, Morton is a fun player to watch. He’s a bit undersized at 5-foot-9, but he more than makes up for it with his football intelligence, and technical skills. He’s not a freak athlete, but he doesn’t really need to be. He knows how to counter everything a receiver can throw at him, and his hands and feet very well to completely shut receivers down. His tackling needs help to say the least, but purely as a coverage corner, Morton has a very good foundation. His ceiling comparison is Tyrann Mathieu.