Creston’s Trevor Downing, one of the top prospects in Iowa for 2018, has committed to Iowa State.
Downing, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound offensive lineman, picked the Cyclones on Thursday over offers from Iowa, Kansas State, Minnesota and Missouri.
Iowa State was Downing’s first offer, coming just four days after coach Matt Campbell took over for Paul Rhoades in 2015.
“I have built a strong relationship with the coaching staff and they made me a priority,” Downing said. “That was important to me.”
Two factors that weighed heavily in his decision, Downing said, are that he plans to study agriculture — Iowa State has a renowned College of Agriculture and Life Sciences — and distance. Creston is less than a two-hour drive from Ames.
“I love Ames,” Downing said. “The fans are loyal and they show up every game. If the team isn’t winning a bunch of games they still support the team.”
Downing plays offensive tackle at Creston but plans to move to guard in college.
“I’ll probably play right guard and (the coaching staff) said I’d have a chance to compete and play right away,” he said.
Rivals has Downing as a three-star prospect and the second-ranked player in Iowa.
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Matt Masker, Kearney Catholic
Evaluation: Masker is a big, strong pocket passer. He can make all the throws, has a quick release that averages 2.8 seconds on short to medium throws and puts some extra zip on the ball.
Milton Sargbah, Omaha North
Evaluation: Sargbah is elusive and lethal in open space. He is one of the fastest players in the state with a 4.43-second 40-yard dash. Sargbah can make people miss in tight spaces and isn’t afraid to run through would-be tacklers.
Caleb Schweigart, Omaha Westside
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Evaluation: Forbes' versatility earns him the top spot at his position. Forbes can play all five positions on the offensive line and is one of the top defensive linemen in the state as well. The strength is there, too, with a 330-pound bench press, 450-pound squat and 550-pound deadlift.
Evaluation: Mapieu is the perfect fit at nose tackle. He is big, strong and almost immovable. He may not make a ton of tackles or get a bundle of sacks, but he does open things up for his teammates to make plays.
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Evaluation: Davis is a rangy defensive back with natural ball instincts. He isn’t afraid to take on blockers and doesn’t miss many tackles in the open field.
Moses Bryant, Elkhorn South
Evaluation: Bryant can — and will — play multiple positions. He is elusive, explosive with the ball in his hands and a dangerous kick returner. He can turn and run with almost anyone and has great ball skills.