Since Memorial Day came and went in late May, Iowa State has been busy attempting to shape its future, primarily with recruits in the 2016 class.
In recent weeks, Iowa State has handed sent out dozens of offers in the midst of evaluating film and has also held four camps (three satellite) to continue its evaluations and determine offers.
Despite the lack of action to date, the recruiting isn't slowing down quite yet. Iowa State will host another camp Friday and has a special visit date planned for Saturday. Here are some of the latest nuggets.
Prospects Set for Golden Ticket Day
The Cyclones will host a handful or so recruits Saturday for a special day they are calling "Golden Ticket Day." The day is somewhat exclusive. For one, only a few prospects were invited. For another, all prospects already hold offers.
Among those AllCyclones.com is hearing will be in attendance are JUCO cornerback Kamal Hardy, Florida linebacker Jake Hansen, Urbandale (IA) offensive lineman Jake Heinrich and Calmar (IA) defender Carson Lensing. There are likely a few other names out there who haven't been identified, but it appears at least these four will attend barring any change in plans.
"I got invited to something called the Golden Ticket Day this Saturday that’s for the top recruits," Lensing said Tuesday after he was offered Monday night. "Only a handful of guys get invited to this and it’s at Iowa State and you get to meet with the coaches and all of that stuff again."
Quarterback Offer Could Be Near
By this time next week, there’s a good chance Iowa State will have an offer out to the quarterback it hopes it can add to its 2016 class.
While the Cyclones have been evaluating quarterbacks throughout the spring with satellite camps in Texas and Florida and most recently with its first camp in Ames on Saturday, their Friday Night Lights camp Friday appears as though it will be a decision point when it comes to quarterback evaluations.
Multiple key prospects who have thrown for Iowa State coaches have been told the Cyclones are continuing to evaluate through Friday.
“They told me [there’s] a quarterback Friday [who] they would watch throw,” Ames quarterback Michael Frankl said. “They said as early as Friday they could have a decision made. Whoever they think the best guy is, they’ll offer him first.”
“They said they were going to let me know by next Friday, [that] would be the deadline,” added Illinois quarterback Steven Frank. “I told them I’m going to commit [somewhere] by the end of the month, so they’re going to let me know by then. It wouldn’t be before the last camp [Friday], it would be after it.”
Barring any sudden change in plans or evaluations following the weekend, then, it appears Iowa State will watch a final quarterback (or more) Friday and then determine who to offer initially. At present, the Cyclones appear unlikely to be interested in adding more than one quarterback in the 2016 class.
Both Frank and Frankl camped at Iowa State on Saturday and impressed. Coach Paul Rhoads met with both in his office afterward. Mount Pleasant (IA) quarterback Joe Hess also camped Saturday, and coaches have been in contact with him for some time. It’s not immediately clear what quarterbacks will be in attendance at Friday’s camp in Ames.
Friday Under the Lights
Iowa State will hold its Friday Night Lights camp in Ames on Friday (there will be a second in July) where it will continue to get a chance to evaluate local talent who have hopes of earning an offer.
Hockenson has long been considered a heavy favorite for the Cyclones, but that has evened out with the addition of Iowa to his offer list recently. This visit could thus be an important one as he'd like to decide relatively soon. As for Bright, the Urbandale product has shown a lot of interest in Iowa State and visited multiple times last season. This could be his chance to showcase his talents.
Stay tuned to AllCyclones.com leading up to Friday night for additional camp attendees and check back afterward for coverage and updates from prospects
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