Hockenson Visits Iowa State

2016 tight end T.J. Hockenson holds an Iowa State offer and was recently in Ames for another visit. Where does Hockenson's recruitment stand? Find out.

Since T.J. Hockenson netted his first offer in February from Iowa State, the tight end from Chariton (IA) has been back and forth to Ames for visits.

The latest visit for the 6-foot-5, 220-pound tight end came Tuesday for one of Iowa State’s final spring practices. Hockenson, who was named First-Team All-State last year following a junior season in which he caught 73 passes for 1,116 yards and 18 touchdowns, used the recent visit to become acclimated with campus.

“It was a great day,” Hockenson said. “They took me around the whole campus, they took me around to all of the facilities. They took me to Freddy Court and took me to the business stuff. I saw everything. I really like it up there. It’s somewhere I could see myself going, but I’m not going to jump into that boat real fast.”

Iowa State remains Hockenson’s lone offer, but the lanky tight end has also drawn interest from a number of other schools. The three schools primarily in his picture as his recruitment progresses are Iowa State, Minnesota and Iowa.

Hockenson has made visits to all three schools and expects to attend a spring practice at Missouri. He plans to camp this summer at Iowa State, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri and potentially Arkansas and has been invited to a Nike camp in Chicago.

When Hockenson picked up his Iowa State offer in mid-February, he weighed around 210 pounds. He has now reached 225 pounds in recent weeks and is still working to add more weight ahead of his senior season. Iowa State offensive coordinator Mark Mangino likes Hockenson’s hands.

“He said that the weight will come on. Right now it’s normal,” Hockenson said of his conversation Tuesday with Mangino. “He just said he really loved my hands and my blocking, he said that’s fine. He just likes my ability to catch the ball in traffic.”

While Hockenson likes Iowa State, he's still waiting to watch his recruitment play out. He would ideally like to make a decision around his senior season, but said it's possible a decision could come earlier.

“I still would like to wait and see and just let it roll out and see my options,” Hockenson said. “I’m going to go with what my gut tells me to do. If I commit, I commit somewhere. I would like to do it before my [my senior season], just so I wouldn’t have to worry about that for football or my senior year if that’s possible. Like I said, if something happens or anything, don’t be surprised if I do commit somewhere [sooner].”

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