Iowa State starts re-stocking what could be a depleted tight end position with immediately eligible transfer – Des Moines Register

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Iowa State added a tight end to its 2020 recruiting class. The significance of this, however, isn't what can happen this season. It's about going forward the Cyclones fortifying the future of what's become a significant position again.

DeShawn Hanika, a 6-foot-6, 225-pounder from Butler Community College, committed to Matt Campbells program Wednesday via social media.

They like the fact that I can put my hand down in the ground, or they can split me out wide for mismatches, Hanika told They just talked about how they use the tight end so much in the pass gameand they thought Id be an ideal fit for their offense.

Butler Community College tight end DeShawn Hanika commits to Iowa State's 2020 recruiting class(Photo: Butler Community College)

Hanikaredshirted last season at Butler, which means he has four seasons of eligibility remaining for Iowa State.

Thats a good move for Campbell's program, whichloses senior tight endsChase Allen and Dylan Soehner after the 2020 season. Theres also a chance that redshirt junior Charlie Kolar, Iowa States No. 1 tight end, could enter the 2021 draft.

Campbell said Iowa Staterequested feedback from the NFL College Advisory Committee on the talented Kolar last year.

Charlie and his family really have to take some of that information it just got back the last couple days ... but I think Charlie knows kind of where hes at, and certainly where he needs to continue to go as well, Campbell said shortly after arriving in Orlando for last season's Camping World Bowl game.

Iowa State head football coach Matt Campbell celebrates with defensive end Will McDonald after McDonald sacked Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley in the second quarter on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames.(Photo: Bryon Houlgrave/The Register)

Shortly after the loss against Notre Dame, Kolar wrote on Twitter:

To our seniors, thank you. I will cherish the memories I have with every single one of you. To our fans I apologize. You all deserve better. Im not going anywhere theres too much left to be done."

The All-American caught51 passes for 697 yards and seven touchdowns last season.

Hanika had offers from Louisiana Tech and Florida Atlantic, but was garnering interest from Michigan State, Oklahoma State and TCU, according to 247sports.

Then Thursday, Campbells ambitious April on the recruiting trail continued when linebacker Myles Mendeszoon, of Chardon, Ohio committed to the Cyclones on social media.

Im very honored to say I will be continuing my academic and football career at Iowa State, Mendeszoon wrote on Twitter. Im very grateful and honored to call myself a Cyclone.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder who also plays defensive end, is the 10th high school recruit for the 2021 class. Hes the fifth 2021 recruitment this month.

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