Overall, it’s been a very, very good week for Iowa State. The Cyclones have picked up commitments from Joey Ramos and Zach Petersen, moving them just above Texas Tech in the 247Sports Big 12 team rankings. However, it hasn’t been all good news for Matt Campbell and company, as is to be expected in recruiting. As the early signing period is set to kick off in roughly nine hours, Iowa State will not be signing V’Lique Carter, as he decommitted just over a month after committing, and flipped his commitment to Pitt on Monday night.
— V’Lique Carter 🎸 (@5_figures) December 18, 2017
THE CARTER FILE
With the loss of Carter, Iowa State now holds 19 commitments, five of which are in the defensive backfield, including two other safeties: Greg Eisworth and Chandler Pulvermacher, as well as three cornerbacks: Jayeveon Morton, Anthony Johnson Jr and Dallas Taylor-Cortez. Iowa State’s class has been very close to full for months now, so while this is a big loss, the Cyclones aren’t extremely distraught about having another spot open. They do want to add another safety, and the main name I’ve heard is Avonta Crim.
Like many decommitments, this happened for a number of reasons. When Carter picked up an offer from Pitt on December 2nd the rumblings of a flip began, and ultimately, Carter was just more interested in Pitt than he was in Iowa State. Because of the lack of space, and the aforementioned possibility of landing Crim, the Cyclones were understanding, and encouraged Carter to make what he felt was the best choice for him. The a number of Cyclones coaches did visit Carter at his house earlier last week, but the last ditch effort wasn’t enough.