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2023 Four-Star QB JJ Kohl Commits to Iowa State

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Iowa State will have to replace the top quarterback in Iowa State history in 2022 as Brock Purdy leaves for the NFL, but some major help is on the way in the 2023 class.

Four-star quarterback JJ Kohl announced his decision to play for Matt Campbell and the Iowa State Cyclones on Monday evening.

Here’s a look at his announcement on Twitter.


The 6-6, 227-pound signal-caller is ranked as the No. 3 player in the state of Iowa and the No. 17 quarterback in the class of 2023. Kohl’s 247Sports Composite Score of 0.8954 makes him the second-highest rated quarterback in Iowa State history, behind 2022 projected starter Hunter Dekkers (0.9006).

Kohl picked the Cyclones over a host of other schools, including Boston College, Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Penn State, Pittsburgh, and Wisconsin among others.


In his junior season in 2021, Kohl threw for 2,185 yards, 25 touchdowns to just four interceptions, completing 60.3% of his passes. His efforts helped lead Ankeny to the 5A state title game, where they were defeated by Southeast Polk.

Kohl is a big get for Matt Campbell’s coaching staff and will provide another elite talent in the quarterback room alongside Dekkers. A duo like that makes Iowa State’s future quarterback situation as good as almost any in the conference.

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