After Iowa State beat both Oklahoma and TCU earlier in the year, there was endless speculation about Matt Campbell being a candidate for jobs across the country. Obviously it is a compliment to the coach and the season the team is having, but with that kind of speculation happening, it can hurt recruiting efforts. Recruits want to know who they are going to be playing for. That is why when Matt Campbell signed a new six-year contract to stay with the Cyclones until 2023, it almost guaranteed that recruiting efforts would boom. Not a week after the contract was signed, Iowa State has picked up a commitment from three star linebacker Chandler Pulvermacher out of Hartland, WI.
Iowa State has picked up a commitment from Wisconsin linebacker Chandler Pulvermacher, who the staff had begun to push for after a strong senior season at Arrowhead HS: https://t.co/8NprJUt1Rq pic.twitter.com/iXztQhp3Wa
— Alex Halsted (@AlexHalsted) December 1, 2017
THE PULVERMACHER FILE
Pulvermacher is the 18th commit in Iowa State’s 2018 class. He is the third linebacker commit in this class joining Michael Rose and Gerry Vaughn. Pulvermacher joins defensive end commit Will McDonald as the only two commits from the state of Wisconsin. With this commitment Iowa State’s 2018 class now ranks as the 8th best class in the Big 12, and the 52nd ranked class nationally.
Pulvermacher had been committed to FCS powerhouse North Dakota State since July. After having a strong senior season, the Cyclones decided it was time to offer, and without much hesitation, Pulvermacher flipped his commitment to the Cyclones. This was Pulvermacher’s first offer from a power five school, but he also reports offers from North Dakota State, Cornell, Indiana State, South Dakota, and Western Illinois.
Pulvermacher plays mostly safety in high school, but Iowa State plans on using him at linebacker in college. He’ll need a couple of years to add weight to play linebacker in the Big 12, but he shows a lot of tools that could make him successful in the Big 12. Pulvermacher has great instincts, and he trusts his reads. On film he moves with a purpose, and doesn’t hesitate to get from point A to point B.
Additionally, he rarely misses tackles. He has great form, and keeps his eyes up to make sure he sees what he is hitting. He doesn’t have blazing speed for a secondary player, but that is why it makes sense that Iowa State wants him at linebacker. He likely won’t play on defense for a few years as he bulks up, but definitely has a shot to get reps on special teams early in his career. Overall, this is a great find by Iowa State, and the type of under the radar prospect that will keep Iowa State competitive for years to come.