Hansen Drawing Closer to Decision

2016 East Lake (Fla.) linebacker Jake Hansen is still weighing his options, but is getting closer to making a decision as to where he will commit.

East Lake (Fla.) linebacker Jake Hansen could soon be closing in on a decision, but only time will tell just how soon that decision might come.

Hansen, 6-foot-1, 215-pound inside linebacker from Tarpon Spring, Fla., has long hoped to make a decision in early August, and that still holds true. But with other schools in the mix, that timeline could slightly extend itself.

“It could be early August, but it possibly could be later in August just because I’m not 100 percent sure on everything,” Hansen said over the weekend. “It’s just a combination of things have to happen.”

Iowa State offered the Florida linebacker during the spring evaluation period, and he also holds offers from the likes of Air Force, Army and a few others. Two other Power 5 schools have entered his radar recently, with both Wake Forest and Utah showing interest that could extend his recruitment.

Hansen visited Iowa State in late June for its Golden Ticket Day and left impressed. He has since remained in contact with his recruiting coach, Shane Burnham.

“Before I left Iowa they talked to me and were like, ‘We’re going to give you some time and let you think about everything. We’re not going to totally hammer you with questions as soon as you get back,’” Hansen said. “They gave me about two and a half, three weeks and then I talked to Coach Burnham. I’ve been talking to him on a weekly basis now.”

Hansen’s timeline is still playing out over the course of the next several days, but he still fully expects to commit by the start of his senior season. When he does commit, he currently expects to use one official visit, to the school he chooses.

“If I commit before the season I plan on only taking my official visit to that school and that’ll be it,” Hansen said.

What’s Hansen looking for?

“A lot of it is what schools I feel like they really, really want me,” Hansen said. “I feel like Iowa State has done a really good job with that. Facilities are great and I love that, but at the same time I want to know and like the people where I plan on going.”

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