Joe Burrow, Iowa State's top quarterback target, visited Ames on March 24, taking a tour of the campus and the Bergstrom Complex.
Burrow was born in Ames and had visited in 2011 when his brother, Jamie, was inducted into the Ames High School Hall of Fame (brothers Jamie and Dan Burrow starred at Ames High under their father, Jimmy, then-head coach, before playing collegiately at Nebraska. Jimmy is now the defensive coordinator at Ohio. He once was an assistant at Iowa State).
It made quite the impression on the four-star Athens (Ohio) signal-caller, the No. 26 passer in the 2015 class.
"I liked it a lot," Joe Burrow told AllCyclones.com earlier this week. "The facilities are great. I was the only one there, so the coaches got to spend a lot of time with me. I met with every single one of the offensive coaches."
Burrow estimated he hung out with Cyclones offensive coordinator Mark Mangino for about 30 minutes and watched spring workouts.
"[Mangino] just talked to me about the offense and what he's done at other places, mainly Kansas with Todd Reesing, and how I'd fit in," Burrow said. "We run the spread (at Athens High) and obviously they do, too. It's very enticing what he's done with Kansas and what he's done with limited talent."
Same goes for head coach Paul Rhoads and his five-year tenure, in which he has guided the Cyclones to three bowl games.
""He's a great coach," Burrow said. "I like what he's done with the program, bringing them to several bowal games, bringing them back from the dumps."
This spring has seen Burrow pick up a ton of offers and make visits to West Virginia, Tennessee and Cincinnati, among others. He's planning to see Maryland and North Carolina State this month. Boston College recently offered as well.
It's not an advantage exclusive to Iowa State, but it helps the Cyclones have held off on offering other quarterback targets.
"They told me they wanted to wait to offer more quarterbacks until they met me and spoke with me," Burrow said. "That was very impressive and says a lot about them. "I could see myself back there to go to college. It's a great town."
A 4.0-student with an ACT score of 26, Burrow threw for 3,732 yards, 47 touchdowns and seven interceptions as a junior, with a completion percentage of 71.2 (218-for-306).