Since he netted the Iowa State offer in mid-January, Dowling Catholic linebacker Jake Hummel has been slowly but surely trending toward the in-state Cyclones.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Hummel, whose father, Perry, was a three-time All-American wrestler at Iowa State from 1980-82, was identified early as a 2017 priority for coach Matt Campbell and Co. He just needed to solidify his choice.
Saturday morning, Hummel called Campbell and did just that.
“Obviously I’ve always been an Iowa State fan and I’ve just kind of been waiting,” Hummel said. “My parents have wanted me to go there since they offered me, but I just wanted to make sure I liked the place and I felt comfortable with the coaching staff and I wanted it to be my decision and not my parents’. I thought this last week I had enough time to do that and it was the right time.”
Hummel visited Iowa State for its Big Monday game against No. 1 Oklahoma in January, just days following the offer. In nearly a handful of visits between being offered and committing Saturday, the Cyclones shared a consistent message.
Iowa State linebackers coach Tyson Veidt has been in constant contact since January, and their conversations included a film session on one particular visit. The Cyclones believe the physical and athletic Hummel can be versatile.
“They kind of like how I can probably play all two or three of their linebacker positions,” Hummel said. “The way they move to the ball and they read certain things, based on that stuff, I can see how they [think] I fit in.”
The commitment of Hummel gives Iowa State's its second in-state 2017 linebacker and third overall. The Cyclones received a commitment from Cedar Rapids linebacker O'Rien Vance in February following his visit to Ames and Texas linebacker Breydon Boyd committed last weekend. Hummel, who is ranked as the nation's No. 29 overall inside linebacker and the fourth-best in the Midwest, now makes that group a trio.
Hummel recorded 65 1/2 sacks (56 solo) for Dowling in 2015 including, 12 tackles for a loss and four sacks. He also had a 31-yard interception return for a touchdown for the eventual state champion Maroons.
"[He's a] good athlete who has the speed to run down defenders to the sidelines," Scout Midwest analyst Allen Trieu writes. "Better straight line than he is side to side, but he plays with a lot of aggression and little hesitation. Comes off the edge at times and also shows he can drop and even play man to man coverage at times. Needs to get stronger still."
Iowa State now has nine commitments in the 2017 class, and four are Iowans including Hummel, Vance, Waterloo West quarterback Devon Moore and Ames offensive lineman Colin Newell. With Hummel and Vance, the Cyclones now have commitments from both the top-rated outside and inside linebackers in Iowa in 2017.
Hummel’s focus will now shift to helping Dowling win its fourth consecutive Class 4A state title this fall, thanks to a handful of visits to Ames that helped him independently reach a conclusion in his recruitment.
“With the visits, I just realized how good of a fit it would be not only for football, but also for college,” Hummel said of what led to his decision. “I just liked how consistent they had been with the way they’ve been recruiting me and how they emphasized how important I am to them. I feel appreciated by them.”