Iowa State has a knack for landing playmakers in the bay area, particularly on the defensive side. It started more than a decade ago with linebacker Jeremiah George (Clearwater) and defensive back Leonard Johnson (Largo), both of whom played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their NFL careers.
The trend has continued through the years. The current roster includes a pair of local defensive backs: Kym-Mani King (Mitchell) and Anthony Johnson (St. Petersburg).
Now add Noah Biglow to the list.
The Armwood standout committed to the Cyclones on Thursday via video chat with assistants Matt Caponi and Tyson Veidt and coach Matt Campbell. Biglow picked Iowa State over Buffalo, North Dakota State and Western Kentucky.
The three-star prospect made the decision despite not visiting the campus. He plans to go June 12-14 if there are no more restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Cyclones staff took him on tours virtually and stayed in constant contact throughout the process.
Biglow picked Iowa State, in part because of “how much love they have shown.” It also had to do with the performances of area stars already on the team. The list of locals is not just restricted to defensive players. Former Armwood receiver Ezeriah Anderson is a redshirt freshman and the Cyclones added two more wideouts with the signing of Steinbrenner’s Aidan Bitter and Lakewood’s TJ Tampa in the 2020 class.
This past season, Biglow recorded 20 tackles and had six interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He is expected to have an bigger role in the Hawks secondary with the graduation of several starters.