Iowa State is taking an extremely interesting approach to the 2018 class and how they build it, and that approach is exactly why the Cyclones hired Matt Campbell. Campbell’s connections in Ohio, and the Big Ten footprint as a whole give Iowa State a recruiting base filled with underrated talent, and serves as a replacement for Iowa State’s lack of success at recruiting in Texas. Iowa State holds 16 commits, and six of them come from what I would consider to be Big Ten territory, as opposed to just five total in Paul Rhoads’ final full class. Last night, the Cyclones hit that area again, landing linebacker Mike Rose, a former Ball State commit.
— Mike Rose (@mikejrose12) October 19, 2017
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Rose is the 16th member of Iowa State’s 2018 recruiting class, and the second linebacker, along with Georgia product Gerry Vaughn. Iowa State has the eighth best class in the Big 12, and 56th best class nationally as of writing. Obviously, this may not be the case come Signing Day, but Matt Campbell have built a very good recruiting class, and if they do finish in the top 50, or even higher, I wouldn’t be surprised at all. It would be the first top 50 class under Campbell.
Rose picked Iowa State over three other FBS offers: Ball State, Air Force and Syracuse. He had been committed to Ball State since June 26th, but a recent offer from Iowa State, and a visit to campus last weekend sparked a flip from Ball State to Iowa State’s class. Linebackers coach Tyson Veidt did much of the work in this recruitment, and his experience in Ohio was a big reason for Rose’s interest. Veidt is a very talented recruiter, and a guy who recruits really enjoy talking to, and eventually playing under.
On the field, Rose is a prototypical playmaker at outside linebacker. He has good size, and enough athleticism to play both safety and linebacker for his high school. He’s serviceable against the run and in coverage, and while he’s not excellent at any one thing, he’s solid at just about everything. He’s not a huge developmental guy, and could be a contributor as soon as he gets on campus. His ceiling comparison is Danny Trevathan.