Iowa State’s stellar recruiting haul continues to grow.
On Thursday, Chicago (Ill.) Phillips Academy cornerback Joseph Thompson because the latest to side with the Cyclones, taking to Twitter to announce his commitment to Matt Campbell’s program.
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— KING🦍 (@_JosephT6) March 29, 2018
Thompson holds a collection of eight offers thus far. Along with Iowa State, Thompson has received invitations from Illinois, Toledo, Ball State, Miami, Southern Miss, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan.
“I really feel like I can relate to Coach Campbell on a standpoint that has nothing to do with football, with just life period,” Thompson told 247Sports Alex Halsted of his commitment to Iowa State. “A lot of the things he went through growing up are the same things I’m going through now and I feel like he really understands who I am and I felt like I’ve really known him all my life. We have a really good relationship going and those guys are going in the right direction and I just wanted to be a part of that.”
Although Iowa State was considered the favorite prior to his pledge, the home-state Fighting Illini did pose a threat to the Cyclones recruiting efforts, hosting Thompson for a visit as recently as March 8. However, after offering Thompson on Feb. 8 and hosting him weeks later for the Cyclones Junior Day, Iowa State was able to present itself as the most appealing option on Thompson’s recruitment, and thus, earned his commitment.
A versatile talent who’s won a pair of state titles, Thompson’s commitment brings Iowa State’s 2019 class to seven members and bolsters a group that’s now ranked No. 13 nationally and No. 3 in the Big 12.
Thompson plans to become an early enrollee.
A 5-foot-10, 160-pound prospect, Thompson is ranked as the nation’s No. 946 player, No. 94 cornerback and the No. 23 player in Illinois, per the 247Sports Composite.