What they said: Cyclone staff lauds new recruiting class at annual Signing Day fan event


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Iowa State’s head football coach Matt Campbell on stage during Cyning Day at Sukup End Zone Club on Feb. 7, 2018.

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Iowa State football’s coaching staff was in a light-hearted mood Wednesday night at the program’s annual Cyning Day fan event, after the Cyclones signed what might be the best recruiting class in school history.

The event, a chance for Iowa State fans to hear from Iowa State coaches and signees, has been held since head coach Matt Campbell arrived at Iowa State from Toledo in 2016.

Each of the Cyclones’ 10 on-field coaches was given the chance to discuss their position group’s signees and how they project to impact Iowa State’s future.

“We’re all going in the same direction,” recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach Alex Golesh said of the Cyclones’ recruiting strategy. 

Here are a few of the notable quotes (on both sides of the ball) from Wednesday’s event.

Oh, and sophomore-to-be quarterback Brock Purdy predicted the Cyclones would make the playoff and win the national title.


“The credit goes to this staff for finding kids who know how special of a place Ames, Iowa, is.” — Offensive coordinator Tom Manning on the current staff and the Cyclones’ offensive recruits. 

“We feel like he’s got the opportunity to become a ‘burner’ in this offense.” — Passing game coordinator Joel Gordon on wide receiver signee Darien Porter’s speed. 

“We really believe in that foundation and standard that he set around here, and we’re just ready to get this thing going.” — Running back signee Breece Hall to Cyclone fans.

“We felt like he was a kid that was right up our alley.” — Wide receivers coach Nate Scheelhaase on running back signee Breece Hall.


“The thing that stands out the most is our guys love football and play hard.” — recently-hired Cyclones defensive assistant Matt Caponi on his new team.

“I think we’re always looking for guys that can do two or three different things.” — Defensive coordinator Jon Heacock, on the Cyclones’ defensive recruiting strategy. 

“He can run like the wind. Very tough kid.” — Cornerbacks coach D.K. McDonald on cornerback signee Kym-Mani King.

“He was at our camp as a sophomore in high school, and every summer he’s just kept coming back and getting better and better, So we know the ability of Blake and what he can provide for us.” — Defensive line coach Eli Rasheed on the Cyclone staff’s relationship with defensive tackle signee Blake Peterson during the recruiting process.