In the final weeks of June, Iowa State was able to first secure the initial member of its 2016 class and a few hours later the second. Now, July is rolling around with two commits for 2016.
The process to this point has been slower than last season — the Cyclones had five commits at the end of June — but the first commit after June last summer didn't come until July 25. As June shifts to July this summer, there are a number of 2016 prospects to keep an on eye as their senior seasons near.
Here are 10.
It's been no secret in recent weeks that Iowa State is still evaluating quarterbacks for 2016, but the list appears to have been cut down. Frank is the top quarterback in Illinois with Power 5 offers from Illinois and Boston College, although Illinois appears to have filled up.
Frank is still waiting, but told AllCyclones.com on Sunday night, "I heard from the head coach the other day just telling me that they really like me again." He was set to commit somewhere by June 30, but as he waits for the Cyclones' decision he now says, "I'll probably just push my decision back."
Frankl is another quarterback in the race for the 2016 offer, and is also waiting to see what the Cyclones have to say. When Frankl, an Ames native, talked to Iowa State in late June he was told the staff was still working on a decision, but he hasn't been given any clear timeline. For now, he's waiting.
Ferre' is a player who has only been referenced a few times here, but indications are that he's the third quarterback in this current mix. He reportedly was at one of Iowa State's satellite camps in June (Frank and Frankl camped in Ames) and is a pro style quarterback from Magnolia West (TX).
Iowa State was the first (and currently remains the only) Power 5 offer for Hansen, who the staff views as an inside linebacker. After visiting campus for Iowa State's Golden Ticket Day last month, Hansen left impressed. The expectation is that he'll decide by early August and Iowa State could be seen as the favorite, though he wants to see Air Force and Navy as well as a few others.
The biggest competition for Awosika, an offensive line prospect out of Minnesota, would likely be the home state Gophers. But Minnesota appears to have filled up on linemen, and Awosika enjoyed his visit for Iowa State's Golden Ticket Day. Awosika doesn't have a timetable for a decision, but said he could see himself in Ames.
Mueller is yet another prospect who visited for the Golden Ticket Day last month and seemed to enjoy himself. His timeline remains uncertain as he's making a lot of visits, but Iowa State was his first Power 5 offer (Illinois came in the next day) and is one school that is sticking out at the moment.
Hardy is a JUCO cornerback who has ties to Iowa State after being recruiting out of high school by secondary coach Maurice Linguist. He wasn't able to visit in June as he hoped to do because of airline prices, but still wants to get to town in the near future. Iowa State has been seen as the favorite with Indiana in the mix as well. His timeline isn't clear, but he's worth keeping a close eye on.
An Iowa product, Iowa State has appeared to be in good shape with Heinrich, but Arkansas now appears to be emerging as the potential favorite. Heinrich has made comments about committing by early August which could hurt the chances, but he's been frequent in Ames and the Cyclones are in the mix.
Street included Iowa State among his top-5 along with Cincinnati, Memphis, Missouri and Ole Miss and the Cyclones would like to get him to town. Iowa State was his first Power 5 offer and he likes running backs coach Louis Ayeni. There is some feeling Ole Miss could be the team to beat, but only visits will make that clear.
Booker is a lengthy JUCO receiver who Iowa State offered during the spring evaluation period. The Cyclones are his primary offer and he hopes to visit in July. His timeline could be slower, but it's worth watching how things play out this month, especially if he makes a stop in Ames as he hopes to.