Hansen Enjoys Iowa State Visit

2016 East Lake (Fla.) inside linebacker Jake Hansen made his first trip to Iowa State on Saturday and left thinking highly of the Cyclones as his recruitment continues.

East Lake (Fla.) linebacker Jake Hansen was a bit nervous leading into his weekend visit to Iowa State. He had never been to Iowa before, and wasn’t sure what to expect upon his arrival.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound inside linebacker from Tarpon Spring, Fla., who was offered by Iowa State earlier this spring, headed back south impressed. The Cyclones are Hansen’s standout offer among a list that also includes Army, Air Force, Charleston Southern, Florida Atlantic and Florida International.

“The visit went great,” Hansen said before he left town Sunday. “I really enjoyed myself and had a great time. The coaches were very cool and very honest and they were able to tell me what it’s like when I’d be coming there my freshman year and everything Iowa State would have to offer me if I decided to go there.”

Iowa State may very well be sitting atop Hansen’s list following the visit and currently marks his lone Power 5 offer. Hansen arrived in Ames after visiting Army on Friday and plans to potentially visit Air Force, Navy, Florida International and Ohio yet this summer.

Whether Hansen is on commitment watch remains uncertain.

“I’m going to try to make a decision before the season starts so I can just focus on high school football,” Hansen said of his timeline. “It could happen before those visits. Maybe, maybe not. I’m not really in a rush to do it until the end of the summer starts rolling around.”

Iowa State offered Hansen after Shane Burnham visited him in Florida this spring. The Cyclones’ coaches have been impressed with his ability to read gaps and linemen and see him playing inside at the next level.

Hansen wanted to visit following the offer in early May and finally made something work after being invited to the team’s Golden Ticket Day on Saturday.

“This was my first time ever in Iowa,” Hansen said of the visit. “I hadn’t heard much about Iowa State other than that they were in the Big 12 and a pretty solid school. I was blown away with their facilities. They were very, very impressive. They just had some crazy, crazy nice stuff. It was very fun.”

For now, though, his evaluations continue.

“Obviously you’ve got to like where you’re going to go to school and the area. You’re going to live there for the next four or five years, so that plays a role,” Hansen said of what he is considering. “A lot of schools are going to have nice facilities, but I just think it’s ultimately where you feel comfortable and the people that are going to coach you, because you’re going to be with them for four to five years.”

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