Iowa State met up with Chris Riddle, a quarterback from Florida that’s considered one of the early top recruits in the class of 2015.
Oct 19, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; The Iowa State Cyclones mascot roots for the Cyclones during the game between the Baylor Bears and the Cyclones at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears defeated the Cyclones 71-7. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Riddle confirmed that the Cyclones were present in a tweet earlier today.
The anticipation has already garnered a full-fledged website. Among all the information on the site, Riddle checks in at 6-foot-3, weighs 190 pounds, and is considered a pro-style quarterback.
Riddle currently isn’t rated by recruiting services, but he’ll be rated pretty high. According to his website, he’s already had unofficial visits with Florida, Maryland, LSU, Boston College, Notre Dame, and Georgia, along with participating in single day camp with those first four schools.
In all reality, this is a long shot for the Cyclones. Not only is Riddle going to be highly sought after with the major football programs, but his style of play doesn’t fit with offensive coordinator Mark Mangino remodeling the spread offense.
Riddle looks to be talented at getting rid of the ball fast and accurately, and there’s always the possibility of adapting to the offense. Naturally, most pro-style quarterbacks coming out of high school would already have the intelligence to adapt to any offense.
In an interview with Route 4 Sports, Riddle talked about what kind of quarterback he models after.
"I think that I really try to model my game after a few quarterbacks. I try to set my work habits like Peyton Manning; I also really appreciate Matt Ryan’s mechanics. I’ve been told my mechanics most resemble his. I also work to model my tuck and run mobility like Andrew Luck’s."