Iowa State football recruiting: Offensive lineman flips commitment to Texas


Iowa State lost a football recruit over the weekend, and the prospect confirmed it a day after the embarrassing loss to Kansas.

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Offensive lineman Tristan Nickelson, the lineman with a big, 6-foot-9, 315-pound frame, is now heading to Texas just five days after committing to Iowa State. He did confirm the news to 247Sports on Sunday, but it wasn’t because the Cyclones lost to the Jayhawks.

Here’s a quote from The Des Moines Register:

"“It wasn’t anything Iowa State,” Nickelson told the Register. “It wasn’t the program being bad or anything like that. It’s a great program. Being from Texas, a kid that grew up in Texas — Texas, that’s like the top.”"

Nickelson was at the game against West Virginia this weekend among a huge list of recruits. Following the game, he met with head coach Charlie Strong and received an offer. Because Nickelson loves Texas and wasn’t sure that he was going to get an offer or not, he took advantage of the opportunity immediately.

However, Nickelson did tell the Register that he made his decision to commit to Texas before the games commenced. His buddy that helped lure him to Ames, Cole Anderson (another offensive lineman), was disappointed but understood Nickelson’s decision.

Learning about the flip comes at a rough time, when Iowa State stumbles to dead last in the Big 12 and the fanbase continues to groan louder at the product on the field. Despite not being able to keep Nickelson as a recruit, we wish him good luck with the Longhorns.