Iowa State appears to be closing in on its first commitment for the 2016 class, and as it does so, the Cyclones are hosting a Golden Ticket Day on Saturday for a handful of key prospects.
AllCyclones.com has confirmed four prospects for Saturday's special day, one in which only a few recruits who hold offers were invited to. Among the visitors are linebackers Jake Hansen and Carson Lensing and offensive linemen Josh Mueller and Jake Heinrich.
Here's a quick look at the prospects.
After camping at Iowa State last weekend, the prospect from Calmar (IA), is quickly turning around to visit Ames yet again. Lensing is canceling his scheduled stop at North Dakota State's camp to make another trip to Iowa State this weekend and should be on commitment watch.
Lensing, a TE/DE at South Winneshiek, was put at outside linebacker at the Cyclones' camp and impressed coaches. Iowa State offered Monday, and Lensing, who has two sisters at Iowa State, said he could see himself making a decision soon. He also holds offers from South Dakota and South Dakota State.
Hansen was offered by Iowa State back in early May and is now making the trip he said he hoped to make back then when Shane Burnham offered. Iowa State sees Hansen as an inside linebacker at the next level.
The goal for Hansen is to net more Power 5 offers (current Iowa State is his only one), and he said he could commit before his senior season. Currently, his other offers come from the likes of Army, Air Force, Charleston Southern, Florida Atlantic and Florida International.
The Urbandale prospect has been on Iowa State's radar for some time, and the thought is that the Cyclones are still in at least decent shape. Heinrich isn't expected to commit anywhere soon and would likely want to see how Iowa State's 2015 season starts if he were to commit to the local school.
What makes the recruitment of Heinrich more difficult is that the central Iowa prospect is beginning to blow up. In recent weeks he has netted offers from Arkansas and Oregon, which joined Power 5 offers from California, Duke, Illinois, Kansas State and Louisville.
Mueller holds Power 5 offers from Illinois and Iowa State and netted the two offers in consecutive days back in mid-May. While Mueller is a defensive lineman in high school, the Cyclones view him as an offensive tackle at the next level.
The Wisconsin product has been wanting to visit and will now make that happen this weekend. He still isn't quite settled on a timeline and doesn't seem likely to commit right around this particular visit.