Iowa State won't have any seniors at linebacker entering the 2015 season, but will have a handful of them entering the following season. After adding multiple linebackers in last season's class, the Cyclones are on the lookout for more in 2016.
Here's a look at some early prospects on the board.
Hansen has more than a handful of offers to date, but his lone Power 5 offer comes from Iowa State, which offered the inside linebacker during the spring evaluation period. Ideally, Hansen would like to decide before his senior season and is hoping to visit Iowa State at some point down the road.
Iowa State offered Niemann in February and is one of three Power 5 offers alongside Illinois and Iowa. There are family ties involved with Niemann, whose brother plays at Iowa and whose father played at Iowa State from 1979-82. Niemann visited Iowa State in March and enjoyed his visit, but some believe Iowa could be the current leader for his services.
Williams holds offers from the likes of Baylor, California, Illinois, Iowa, Louisville, TCU, Texas Tech, Washington and Oklahoma in addition to Iowa State. While his current interest isn't known, the Cyclones' chances appear slim.
Iowa State recently offered Brooks, who added an offer from Missouri the next day to go with offers from Kansas, Washington and Texas Tech. The Cyclones see Brooks as an inside linebacker, and while he has interest, his summer visit plans are contained to the south for now.
Rudzik recently netted his first offer, from Wyoming, but it isn't clear where Iowa State's interest is currently. The linebacker plans to camp as Nebraska, Oklahoma State and potentially Kansas State this summer.
Martin visited Iowa State for junior day, and Iowa State's interest goes back further as the middle linebacker talked with coach Paul Rhoads in Kansas City sometime before that. Iowa State has had a presence in Kansas City in recent years and could again with Martin and others.
Samuel is said to have garnered interest from Duke, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame and Tennessee in addition to Iowa State, but his recruitment is still largely an unknown as the spring evaluation period wraps up.