Iowa State a href= http://rivals.yahoo.com/iowastate/football/recruiting/commitments/2013>signed 21 football recruiting prospects on Wednesday, the first day of the signing period commonly called "National Signing Day." Added to four 2013 prospects already enrolled, it brings the total for the newest crop of ISU players to 25.
Headlining the class is West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley offensive lineman Jake Campos, a Rivals.com four-star prospect ranked as the no. 1 prospect in Iowa for 2013. Campos, who was previously committed to Missouri before switching his pledge to Iowa State in December, is also ranked nationally by Rivals as the no. 16 offensive tackle prospect and no. 188 prospect overall.
In addition to ISU and Mizzou, Campos also claimed offers from Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Purdue and Vanderbilt. He is the highest-ranked high school prospect to sign with Iowa State in the Paul Rhoads' era.
The surprise of the day for Iowa State was a positive one. Jacksonville (Fla.) defensive back Nigel Tribune signed with ISU after previously being verbally committed to Indiana. Tribune was a one-time Cyclone verbal commitment who flipped his pledge to Indiana for a time before quietly flipping it back to Iowa State a few days ago.
Other top high school prospects joining Iowa State in 2013 include the Orlando (Fla.) duo of Shawn Curtis and Alton Meeks, who both graduated from their high schools at mid-term and have been enrolled at ISU since the start of the spring semester back in January.
Curtis, like Campos, is an offensive tackle prospect. He chose Iowa State over offers from Cincinnati, Duke, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State, North Carolina, N.C. State, USF, Syracuse, Virginia, Wake Forest and others. Meeks was a high school quarterback that will play linebacker at ISU. His offer list included Arizona State, Cincinnati, UConn, Duke, Florida State, Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, N.C. State, Pitt, USF, Wake Forest and others.
The Cyclones' talented haul of offensive linemen also included Jacob Homa of Brookfield (Wisc.), in-stater Ryan Glenn from Waukee and Macomb (Ill.) product Nick Severs. All were rated three-star prospects by Rivals.
Three-star prospects signing with Iowa State also included a pair of quarterbacks: Tervor Hodge from Perris (Cal.) and Joel Lanning from nearby Ankeny. The Cyclones also picked up two three-star defenders in Houston (Tex.) linebacker Justin Webster and defensive back D.A. Williams from St. Augustine (Fla.)
Iowa State went the junior college route for three new team members, including one who signed on Wednesday. Defensive lineman Rodney Coe, who started his collegiate career at Iowa, signed with ISU out of national champion Iowa Western in Council Bluffs. Also from the Reivers title team, the Cyclones nabbed running back Aaron Wimberly, who enrolled at the semester.
ISU's other early enrollee from the JUCO ranks - tight end Emmanuel Bibbs - stuck with a verbal commitment to Iowa State after receiving an offer from Oklahoma back in December.