RECRUITING: Hafiz still mulling options after ISU visit

The recruitment of Jacksonville, Fl., defensive back Quran Hafiz has been one with no shortage of twists and turns. He had scheduled a visit to Iowa State nearly a month ago before coming to Ames this past weekend.

In the time between scheduling the visit and actually coming, the 6-foot, 170-pound prospect visited a few other schools, announced he would be making a decision, backed off of making a decision and then completely reopened his process.

That just kept the door open for Matt Campbell and his staff to get the three-star cornerback on campus.

“I just liked it a lot. I got a good feel for the coaches and stuff,” Hafiz told CF over the phone after his visit to Ames. “I talked to Josh (Johnson), Richard Bowens, I was with them most of the time. I really like those guys a lot. What really impressed me was the weight room. That’s what impressed me the most.”

Hafiz had announced his plans to make a decision after a visit to Virginia Tech two weekends ago. It seemed as though he was sure to commit to the Hokies before backpedaling on his decision date.

It isn’t clear what caused him to rethink that initial decision date, but it benefits Iowa State no matter the cause. Hafiz has been a priority recruit for the ISU coaches for the past several months and Campbell made that clear during the visit.

“Just telling me how fired up he is to have me visit,” Hafiz said about meeting with Campbell. “How happy he was to have me on campus to see stuff and see everything.”

Now, the No. 80 cornerback in the class of 2017 (according to 247) will take his time, use more visits and try to find the spot for him.

He’s still considering Virginia Tech along with Minnesota, Duke and an offer list that has climbed higher than 30. 

“I don’t really have a timeline. I’m just going to keep visiting places, getting a feel for places,” Hafiz said. “Whenever it feels right, that’s when it will happen.”


Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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