The first Power 5 offer for East Lake (Fla.) linebacker Jake Hansen rolled in recently as his recruitment continues to heat up during the spring evaluation period.
Hansen, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound inside linebacker from Tarpon Spring, Fla., was watched by Iowa State defensive tackles coach Shane Burnham in late April and was offered by the Cyclones shortly after, joining offers from Army, Air Force, Charleston Southern, Florida Atlantic and Florida International.
“Our head coach told me he liked my film and then [Shane] came out to practice and he said he was going to call me after. That’s when they offered me,” Hansen told AllCyclones.com. “I talked to Burnham on the phone after and Iowa State definitely sounds like a good place.”
Iowa State views Hansen as an inside linebacker. The soon-to-be senior said he views himself as a run-stop linebacker, but is continuing to work on pass defense.
“They said they liked me because they thought I was a smart linebacker and I would be able to figure out things and read gaps and read linemen and stuff like that, Hansen said of the Cyclones.
Hansen netted his first offer last December, and his recruitment has heated up in recent weeks with the spring evaluation period. He has added four offers since March, including two in the final days of April.
Now, the summer figures to be busy for Hansen as he hopes to make visits and possibly attend camps at some of the schools that have offered. That list of hopeful visits includes Iowa State.
“Schools that have offered me, I definitely want to get out there and visit them," Hansen said. “That’s basically what the plan is. Evaluate where I’m at based on who has offered me and who hasn’t and who has shown interest. I’m going to make camp dates and visit dates based on that.”
As for a timeline, Hansen is waiting to see how his offers shape up.
“If I had all the schools I wanted to offer me, offer me, I would probably try to commit before the season started,” Hansen said. “I would definitely want some more Power 5. I’m looking everywhere.”