Nearly one month after attending Iowa State’s junior day in Ames, Waukesha (Wisc.) West offensive lineman Sam Heckel ran into Iowa State offensive line coach Brandon Blaney at his track meet Wednesday.
One day later, the Cyclones joined a long list of schools to offer.
“I did see it coming because I knew they were very interested, so it just happened to be today that they did it,” Heckel told AllCyclones.com. “[Blaney] came yesterday and I called him last night and we talked for awhile and then today I called him again because [graduate assistant Ryan] Olson said he had something to talk to me about.
“So I called him and he offered.”
Iowa State joins a double-digit list of schools that have offered. The lone other offer from a Power 5 school had come from Northwestern, and Illinois became the third school from a major conference to offer on Friday afternoon. Heckel got a good look at Iowa State during his junior day visit and came away impressed.
“I actually loved their facilities,” Heckel said. “Their weight room was beautiful and their lounge area and stuff. I saw they’re building a horseshoe in their stadium, so that was pretty cool, too. I like the coaches, too. Blaney is a really upbeat guy and I like his coaching style. I kind of like the atmosphere at Iowa State.”
Heckel plans to camp at Wisconsin on May 31 and will also attend the Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Detroit in June. Otherwise, Heckel’s summer will currently be relatively quiet in terms of visits.
Ultimately, he’d like to make a decision before the fall.
“My plan right now is to commit before my senior year because I don’t want college football to take advantage of my senior year,” Heckel said. “I don’t want to be worrying about it, I’d rather just make sure that I play for my school rather than what I’m going to do in the future. But if I’m not completely satisfied with what I have before the season I might extend it halfway through or something like that. I’m pretty sure I’ll be set before my season starts.”