Big Get: A man named Zeb joins 2016 recruiting class

 AMES — Zeb. Great name for a quarterback — especially as a highly-touted late get for Iowa State.

 ISU announced late this afternoon that Zeb Noland, a three-star playcaller from Watkinsville, Ga., will graduate early and be part of the Cyclones’ class of 2016.

 Noland, who stands 6-3 and weighs 210 pounds, recently received an offer from Alabama, according to a news release.

 Other offers included Toledo, Colorado State and Appalachian State.

 "Zeb is a young man who played for his father in high school," ISU coach Matt Campbell said in the release. "He knows what it’s like to build a program."

 Read the full release (courtesy ISU Athletics Communications), below: 

AMES, Iowa- The Iowa State football program added depth to the quarterback position with the announcement that three-star signal-caller Zeb Noland has signed a letter of intent to attend Iowa State University.

Noland, who recently had an offer from Alabama, will graduate early from high school and enroll at Iowa State for the spring semester of 2016.

Zeb Noland 

6-3, 210, Fr.
Watkinsville, Ga. (Oconee County)

High School

Chose Iowa State over Alabama, Colorado State, Appalachian State and Toledo … three-star recruit by 247Sports, ESPN and Scout … ranked as the 38th-best QB nationally by ESPN and No. 48 by Scout … two-time all-region pick … 2015 Region 8-3A Player of the Year … as a senior, passed for 1,627 yards and 17 touchdowns … completed 79-of-169 passes … led team to a 9-3 record and the Region 8-AAA championship, its first region title since 2004 … named player of the week after scoring four TDs (two passing, two rushing) in a 36-35 double overtime win over Jefferson … as a junior, completed 107-of-193 passes for 1,966 yards and 14 touchdowns … also rushed for six TDs … started at Stephens County as a sophomore … coached by his father, Travis Noland … father played quarterback at Appalachian State.

Campbell on Noland:

“You talk about building the structure of your football program and the quarterback position is so important. Zeb is a young man who played for his father in high school. He knows what it’s like to build a program. Zeb played in a very good football program his freshman and sophomore year before his dad decided to take a new football job and move his family and rebuild another program. Zeb was a major part of that. You can tell everything you need to know about character and leadership, and Zeb is a young man that gets it. His dad played quarterback at Appalachian State and has been a coach, and Zeb wants to be a coach. He has an electric arm. The ball jumps off his arm at a high level and he’s a guy that I think brings both maturity and intelligence, but most importantly, immense leadership ability.”


Rob Gray


Rob, an Ames native, joined Cyclone Fanatic in August, 2014 after nearly a decade and a half of working at Iowa's two largest newspapers. He spent 10 years at the Des Moines Register and, after a brief stint in public relations, joined the Cedar Rapids Gazette as an Iowa State correspondent three years ago. Rob specializes in feature stories for CF.

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