In-state quarterback Alex Manske on the Clear Lake – Algona game and Iowa State.

A significant number of coaches gathered at Algona High School’s gym on Monday to observe key in-state football prospects for the 2025 recruiting class, including Alex Manske, linebacker Jack Limbaugh, and tight end Thomas Meyer.

Among those present were the entire coaching staff from Iowa State, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz, and Texas A&M offensive coordinator Collin Klein.

“I think coach Campbell and Iowa State’s staff were up in the top left,” Manske said. “They were up in the balcony, and I remember looking up there before the game or during a timeout – and there was a line of people waiting to get a picture.”

Manske has been Iowa State’s top quarterback target for the class for nearly a year.

Standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing 210 pounds, Manske is rated by 247 Sports as the No. 3 player in the state and the No. 34 quarterback in the nation.

“It definitely means a lot,” Manske said about Iowa State bringing so many staff members. “I know that me, Thomas, and Jack are all being prioritized. The chance for them to watch us all at once was definitely meaningful and really cool.”

Manske mentioned that Kansas State coaches had planned to attend but decided against it due to the high number of coaches already present.

During his visit to Ames for Iowa State’s homecoming game against Kansas this fall, Manske spoke with former Cyclone Brock Purdy, who recently secured a spot in the Super Bowl.

“It’s definitely really cool,” Manske said. “I watched him during his four years at Iowa State. Talking to him was surreal – thinking, ‘I have him in Fantasy Football and now I’m talking to him.’ It was really cool to see him succeed and I can’t wait to watch him in the Super Bowl.”

Manske is nearing a decision on his commitment, with Iowa State and Texas A&M being the frontrunners.

“I’m really close,” Manske said. “I’ve narrowed it down to a few schools and think I could make my decision pretty soon.”