Matt Campbell is changing the culture in Ames. For years Iowa State was an afterthought in the Big 12, and certainly an afterthought on a national level. Slowly, Campbell is changing that, both on the field, and now off it. Campbell is recruiting all across the country, and is putting together one of the best classes ever for the Cyclones. That class might have just added its crown jewel though, as offensive lineman Joey Ramos committed on Tuesday. Ramos is now the highest ranked commit in Iowa State’s 2018 class.
100% committed! Time to go to work🍽 pic.twitter.com/yexbOYl831
— Joey Ramos (@Joey_Ramos76) December 20, 2017
THE RAMOS FILE
Ramos is the 19th commitment in Iowa State’s 2018 class, and the third offensive lineman in the class, joining Zach Ross and Trevor Downing. Ramos joins Iowa State’s kicker commit, Brayden Narveson, as the only commitments from the state of Arizona. Ramos is ranked as the sixth best player in the state of Arizona, and the 46th best offensive tackle in the country. With his commitment, Iowa State now has the 58th ranked class nationally for 2018, and the 8th ranked class in the Big 12.
Ramos has a very impressive offer list, with offers from over 10+ schools. Ramos picked the Cyclones over offers from Oregon, Washington, Arizona State, Arizona, UCLA, Cal, Kansas State, Utah, and UCF. It’s clear that Ramos was very sought after in the Pac-12, but was won over by Matt Campbell, and offensive line coach Tom Manning.
When you watch the film on Ramos, it becomes clear why so many schools were vying for his commitment. Ramos has great athleticism for someone his size. He pulls with ease, and regularly gets to the second level to pick up linebackers. He also is incredibly strong, regularly pancaking the defender lined up against him.
One thing I’d like to see more from him is engaging with his entire body. Sometimes, because of his strength, he has a tendency to only use his upper body. If he can engage with his lower half more when he is blocking, he will be able to become an absolute terror in the Big 12.
This is a huge get for Iowa State, and the type of recruiting win that can start to elevate the Cyclones to the next level within the Big 12.