Iowa State's loss recently became Northwest Missouri State's gain.
Making its latest summer recruiting splash, Northwest Missouri State picked up 6-6, 280-pound defensive lineman Collin Bevins, a redshirt freshman transfer from Iowa State.
Bevins, a projected starter on the Cyclone defensive line coming out of spring practice, withdrew from school during the third week of June and signed with Northwest a week later.
His acquisition was initially Tweeted out by Northwest recruiting coordinator Joel Osborn. It was later reported by KMA Radio and the Creston News Advertiser.
"Just the atmosphere they have down there, as far as the football team (is why I chose Northwest)," said Bevins, a Creston native, to the News Advertiser. "Their campus is smaller. It seems like all the guys on the team are a lot closer than they were up at Iowa State. I like how all the coaches really preach family and everything is a lot more tight-knit down there."
According to the News Advertiser, Bevins will begin working out with Northwest next week and is eligible to play in the fall. Bevins was told he'll start out as a defensive end but could move back to his natural position of defensive tackle if it doesn't work out.
"They said they'd like me to come in and play a strong side defensive end, but if I don't look comfortable out there within a couple of weeks of camp, I'll move back to defensive tackle for the first year," Bevins told his hometown paper. "So I'll kind of learn the language of what they call everything. They said I'd play quite a bit my first year, and I'm excited about it."
Northwest returns both of its starting ends—Matt Longacre and Ricky Bailey. Longacre led the team in sacks last year with seven, while Bailey, who will be a senior, had just one.
The team's two projected starters at tackle are Zach Williams and Brandon Yost.
Bevins is bigger and taller than all of the aforementioned Northwest defensive linemen. He outweighs Bailey by 45 pounds and Longacre by 40, while holding three inches in height on each one.
Bigger than most at his position in Division II, Bevins has a chance to become Northwest's next impact transfer. In recent years, the Bearcats have added current starting running back James Franklin III (Nebraska-Omaha), starter corners Brandon and Brian Dixon (Joliet CC), former tight end Josh Baker (Delaware) and former starting corner Derrick Thomas (Texas A&M Kingsville).
Bevins is the only one of that group or on Northwest's current roster with a Division I background.
After redshirting as a true freshman at ISU, Bevins was slated to be one of the team's starting tackles this year, according to Phil Steele's 2013 College Football Preview Magazine.
Page 2 of 2 - Bevins' reasons for leaving Iowa State are unclear. His father, Jeff, told the News Advertiser it had nothing to do with grades or playing time.
Coming out of Creston High School, Bevins was the No. 6-ranked prospect in the state of Iowa. A first team Class 3A All-State selection, Bevins chose Iowa State over Iowa. Northwest was among others that offered him.
One of his high school teammates was Keaton Hulett who signed with Northwest in February. He, too, is a defensive lineman.
Northwest may not be done adding transfers this summer. Head coach Adam Dorrel stated prior to the start of spring practice that they were seeking a transfer at wide receiver.