Tom Lemming said he’s never seen anything like it from Iowa State in his 37 years tracking college football recruiting.’s database lists 299 players in the 2017 class with an Iowa State offer.

The Cyclones have been occupying space in the top-25 team recruiting rankings for 2017. has Iowa State ranked several notches lower but still in the top 35, territory the Cyclones have never navigated into since the recruiting network was formed.

Iowa State has muscled its way up the rankings ladder, in part, thanks to quantity, which can distort the picture.

Plus, aren’t college coaches supposed to downplay recruiting rankings anyway?

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