Matt Campbell is building something special in Ames, and while it hasn’t shown on the field yet (it may this year), it’s definitely showing in his recruiting. Iowa State has one of the most underrated classes, not just in the Big 12, but in the entire country. Coach Campbell and his staff are landing recruits with high work ethics, and a lot of talent, that have mostly just flown under the radar, due mostly to a lack of exposure. Iowa State is doing a great job of identifying and landing those guys, and they did that once again today when they secured a commitment from Allen receiver Carson Schleker.
— CS6 (@CarsonSchleker_) June 26, 2017
THE SCHLEKER FILE
Schleker is the 12th commitment in Iowa State’s 2018 recruiting class, and the second receiver, along with Burnet product Sterling Galban. Iowa State did hold a commitment from a third receiver, CJ Bolar for a while, but he decommitted earlier this month, and will likely end up in the SEC. That decommitment is important because Bolar wasn’t a slot receiver, while both Schleker and Galban are, meaning that Iowa State will likely look to add at least one more receiver in this class that can play on the outside. One name to watch is Bryce Oliver, who I expect to ultimately pick Iowa State, though Kentucky is putting up a fight. Jalen Preston, Miles Battle and Caleb Chapman could all fill that role as well.
Schleker is a huge commitment for the Cyclones. He picked ISU over 22 other offers, from Washington State, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Arizona, Boise State, Illinois, Kansas, Louisville, Minnesota and Utah, among others. Schleker was in Ames back in May, and fell in love with the campus, and the program as a whole. The system is a perfect fit, and the chance to play early and forge his own path are both big selling points to the Texas speedster. Schleker was one of Iowa State’s top targets in the 2018 cycle, so getting him on board is a huge deal.
On the field, as I said, Schleker is a slot receiver, and a pure playmaker. He runs a sub 4.4 40 time, and it shows in the way he plays. He’s a threat to score every time he touches the ball, be it after a catch, on a handoff, or in the return game. His route tree isn’t very diverse yet, and because of his size, he doesn’t have a huge catch radius, but he has great hands, and if he gets the ball, the defense better watch out, because he has very good vision, and can make a lazy defense pay the price. He frequently blows past corners off the line, and while he may not be able to do that against better corners at the next level, the skill set is there for Schleker to become a fantastic receiver. His ceiling comparison is Randall Cobb.