Springfield (Ohio) defensive tackle Isaiah Gibson cut more than half of the schools involved in his recruitment from consideration and named his top 10 on Friday, but the Iowa State Cyclones are still in the mix.
Minnesota, Purdue, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Maryland and Rutgers were named as the other schools he’ll continue to evaluate going forward.
ALL Good Things Must Come To An End Final Top 10 💰🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/vXXCaNhCim
— Isaiah Gibson (@IsaiahGibson75) June 8, 2018
West Virginia, Cincinnati, Indiana, and Louisville are among the programs that were left off the list.
Of those still in the mix, Kentucky is considered the favorite after a pair of offseason unofficial visits. The Wildcats own 73 percent of Gibson’s Crystal Ball projections, but the latest three favor Wisconsin, where he officially visited on June 1. Purdue is next up on Gibson’s official tour, as he’ll visit the Boilermakers next weekend.
Iowa State also hosted Gibson earlier this offseason on March 23, but the Cyclones will likely need to welcome the 6-foot-4, 298-pound lineman on an official basis to remain a factor going forward.
Matt Campbell’s 2019 nine-member class currently ranks No. 30 nationally and No. 4 in the Big 12, but it’s without a commitment from a defensive tackle. After surviving his cut, Iowa State is one step closer to filling that void with Gibson, who’s ranked as the nation’s No. 863 player and No. 59 defensive tackle, per the 247Sports composite.