Canada has been the producer of a lot more college football and NFL talent than one might originally believe. In the Big 12 Conference, we have seen stars like Oklahoma’s States Chuba Hubbard and former Oklahoma Sooners DT Neville Gallimore, who now starts for the Dallas Cowboys.
Well now, it’s time to meet who many believe could be the next edition of Canadian football player turned Big 12 star: Iowa State signee Tristan Michaud.
Michaud is from Ontario, and was regarded as the No. 1 player in the province and is a three-star prospect, according to 247Sports. He comes to Iowa State as a wide receiver. At 6’5”, he is the type of prospect Matt Campbell and Iowa State looks for. He’s big, has great body control and causes match up nightmares with defensive backs.
“Iowa State is known for playing with big wide receivers. If you watched the [Big 12 opener] against Oklahoma, they pointed out the average height of our players were 6’6” and theirs were only 6′. You see, how [tight end Charlie] Kolar has played, [plus how] Allen Lazard and Hakeem Butler have in the past. I am coming in to play that kind of role,” Tristan said.
Matt Campbell’s and the Cyclones recently won the Fiesta Bowl, which was preceded by a trip to the Big 12 Championship. As a result, it’s been another offseason for Iowa State to deal with more Matt Campbell rumors.
But Michaud doesn’t listen to any of it, saying, “He loves Iowa State and it really shows in what he has done there. Despite what people on social media might think, he’s signed until 2025, and we all know he is going to honor that. It is just the kind of guy he is. I think he is a great coach. He has made Iowa State a five-star culture.”
Tristan Michaud is going to enroll early this year and he and the rest of the 2021 class have already built a relationship.
“We all have a group chat, and we try to stay in touch with each other. Of course, it’s all just through texts and messaging right now, and I think our relationships will only get stronger when we get there, especially those who are able to come early. We are going to be a really good team. Our job is to just fill the boots to help get back to the Big 12 Championship.“
And for Tristan, he just can’t wait to get on the field. He was unable to play football this last fall with Canada’s shutdown, but he shared what he thought of the talent north of the border, saying “There are Canadians in the NFL and the NCAA is starting to finally notice some of us. John Metchie (of Alabama) just contributed to a national championship. While we have gotten more attention, many of us are still overlooked, especially the farther north you go, but as things evolve more of us will get noticed.”
Michaud was sold on Iowa State quickly after getting to visit.
“Got to be there for College Gameday. It was against Iowa and got a chance to talk to the coaches. They are honest, nobody is lying. Everything they tell you is reflected on the field of play. Iowa State also has a great campus and great facilities.”
So once Michaud gets on campus, who does he want Iowa State fans to think of when they watch him?
“I watch a bit of Julio Jones because you know he is a bigger guy. But I really like to do what Calvin Johnson did. To me, he is the best wide receiver to ever play in the NFL and if I can continue to model my game to his I think I can go pretty far.”
Oh, if he models Calvin Johnson, he will be just fine.
Tristan is all around excited to get to Iowa State and plans to study journalism and mass marketing to perhaps have a future as an analyst after his playing days are over.
He did have one final message for Cyclone Nation, and it was one that certainly puts more pressure on his shoulders and the rest of the Class of 2021 coming to Ames, saying “We are a good team, and we plan on being back [to Arlington for the Big 12 Championship]. We were there this year and put in a great effort, despite a few mistakes. The guys coming back I know plan to be back and play even better next year. I believe this team can beat anyone in the Big 12 and look forward to getting another shot at Oklahoma, or whoever it is that makes it to the title game. This is just the beginning for Cyclone football. We plan on competing for Big 12 Championships and New Year’s Six bowl games for years to come.”
Iowa State has been rocking and rolling with their big-time wide receivers and tight ends in recent seasons. Could Tristan Michaud be their next Hakeem Butler or Allen Lazard? We all look forward to finding out. Best of luck to Tristan Michaud on his move south of the border to Ames, Iowa.
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