When Stevenson (Ill.) wide receiver Jack Sorenson visited Iowa State a few weeks back, the speedy junior wasn’t sure what to expect. He hadn’t ever been to Ames and had only heard what some people said about Iowa.
Consider Sorenson impressed.
“I had never really heard what Iowa State had to offer,” Sorenson told AllCyclones.com. “I always thought it was kind of cornfields and a lot of open area and a couple buildings. In all honesty, it’s like a hidden gem kind of. When you get there you never realize it’s that much and that impressive. There’s so much to offer. It was so impressive.”
Sorenson is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound prospect who has tallied eight offers from the likes of Air Force, Army, Ball State, Cornell, Dartmouth, Eastern Michigan, Miami (OH) and Western Michigan. He has also garnered interest from several Power 5 schools in the Midwest.
That Power 5 list includes Iowa State, which Sorenson has now experienced first hand. The Cyclones, with running backs coach Louis Ayeni, have also visited Sorenson in Illinois to watch the soon-to-be senior perform in a speed and agility work out at his high school.
“Coach Ayeni has come out and watched me work out at Stevenson,” Sorenson said. “I think we’re at that kind of point where we’re waiting for camps to come along so I can prove that I can play at that level. I think I tried to show him that for a kid my size I’m very elusive. I’m much faster than it might seem I am.”
Sorenson said interest from MAC and Ivy League schools is broadening interest from other schools. He plans to camp at Iowa State, Illinois, Northwestern and Wisconsin this summer, and those camps could help decide his future.
Iowa State is among the schools waiting to make a decision this summer.
“I got to sit down with [Paul Rhoads] and he talked and he expressed his interest in me. It’s a pretty significant amount of interest,” Sorenson said. “What they kind of told me is I’m going to be a camp kid. I’ve got to come to camp and I’ve got to show in front of their whole staff that I can play at that high intensity level of football.”
Sorenson only moved to receiver before last season, and will move to quarterback for his senior season due to team need. That switch has him interested in making a decision based on camps and offers this summer, before he changes to a position he ultimately won’t be recruited for.
“I think it would probably be before my senior year only because my senior year I’m going to be playing quarterback,” Sorenson said of his commitment timeline. “So I think I’d like to make my commitment before I switch positions.”