A lot of the time in recruiting, talented players fly under the radar, either because they’re not in a talent dense area, or because they didn’t get the chance to show off their talent until their senior season. In the case of Iowa defensive lineman Zach Petersen, both are true, as the North Scott Senior product has absolutely blown up in th past month, picking up five power five offers and visiting a number of Big 12 schools. However, off all the new interest, no school did a better job of recruiting Petersen than the home state Iowa State Cyclones did, and yesterday, he officially announced his commitment to ISU.
Thank you to everyone that has been apart of my life I’m happy to say that I will be going to Iowa State University to play football for @ISUMattCampbell #Committed #cyclonenation 🌪 pic.twitter.com/NjXOeM9Rsr
— Zach Petersen (@zpetersen22) December 19, 2017
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Petersen is the 18th member of Iowa State’s 2018 class, and the third defensive lineman, along with Will McDonald and Isaiah Lee. The three linemen fit together very well in this class, because while Petersen specializes in being a strong side defensive end, McDonald thrives on the weak side, and Lee is more of a tackle than an end. Iowa State knew they wanted a full defensive line class, and Matt Campbell have done a great job in securing that.
Petersen picked Iowa State over Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas State, and Illinois, all of which offered in the past month. After a great senior season, Petersen has deservedly been one of the hottest prospects in the midwest, and for Iowa State to lock him up is a big deal for the Cyclones. His commitment puts Iowa State at 58th in the 247Sports team rankings, and eighth in the Big 12.
On the field, Petersen is a raw, high energy, aggressive player. He has great straight line speed, and knows how to pursue a ball carrier very well. He’s a great hitter, and will only improve as he adds more weight to his frame. As he develops, Petersen will likely become an extremely dangerous edge rusher in Ames, and could see playing time very early on if he adds weight quickly.