Libertyville junior three-star offensive tackle Tyler Jost (6-foot-6, 265 pounds) was leaning toward Iowa State for a long time, but needed to make one final visit to make sure. Jost returned to Ames on Thursday and gave the Cyclones his verbal commitment.
"I always felt that Iowa State was my favorite but I just wanted to see the school in person one more time," Jost said. "I got to Iowa State yesterday and all of the family feeling came back to me and I knew I was ready to commit so I committed."
Jost connection to the Cyclones staff runs deep, which played a big part in his decision. Jost has known Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell and the Cyclones assistant coaches Tom Manning (offensive line) and director of ccouting John Kuceyeski since all three worked at Toledo. Kuceyeski is the son of retired Libertyville Hall of Fame football coach Randy Kuceyeski.
"Coach (Matt) Campbell, Coach (Tom) Manning and Coach (John) Kuceyeski offered me when they were at Toledo," Jost said. "Once they made the coaching change to Iowa State they got ahold of me and had me visit Iowa State within the first month they started. I just have always connected with those coaches from very early on and they really showed me and my family a lot of loyalty in this process. They just feel like family."
Jost is the seventh verbal commitment for Iowa State. The Cyclones staff has been heavily focused on the state of Illinois in this recruiting class and have several scholarship offers out to Land of Lincoln recruits this spring.