Iowa State recruiting: Kansas linebacker passes local schools, commits to Cyclones


The recruits are coming in one after another these days for Iowa State football. Next up is Marcel Spears, a two-star linebacker from Kansas.

Writers for the Des Moines Register were the first to report the commitment just a little past 9:00 AM this morning on Twitter.

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Spears passes on offers from Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, and Wyoming. The linebacker checks in at 6-foot, 200 pounds, and records a 40-time of 4.68 seconds. 247Sports currently doesn’t have him ranked, but their composite rankings have him as the 12th best athlete from the state of Kansas.

Iowa State gave Spears an offer back on May 6th, the first big name school to do so. The Tigers offered him on June 18th and the Jayhawks did nearly one week later. Considering he passes on both local schools, especially Missouri who’s now in the SEC, it’s a pretty nice get for the Cyclones.

247Sports writer Kevin Flaherty had more on Spears in the comments of an article posted back in May on the prospect.

"I thought it was really interesting that he plays wide receiver on offense. You don’t see a ton of linebackers playing that position when they go both ways. It’s fun to watch his film, because when he’s at wideout, he destroys cornerbacks and safeties while blocking them (as he should).Spears is a pretty humble dude. He flat out told me “I know I’m not the best,” and said he knows he has a long way to go to get to his ceiling.Paul Rhoads called him to offer him earlier this spring after he was scouted out by former Kansas assistant Brandon Blaney. That’s something that Spears recognizes as well, with him saying “I think I fit that new (linebacker) mold well.”"

Here’s a highlight video of Marcel Spears’ junior season with Olathe North. Check out more of his videos on his Hudl page.