Iowa State has put early emphasis on in-state recruiting for 2017, and among the priorities to keep in Iowa, and more specifically draw to Iowa State, is linebacker Jake Hummel.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Dowling Catholic linebacker, whose father, Perry, was a three-time All-American wrestler at Iowa State from 1980-82, received an Iowa State offer the second week of January and has been a priority Iowan ever since.
“It was a pretty amazing thing,” Hummel said of the offer. “I was so surprised when I got it, I had no idea it was coming. To get it this early means a lot because it shows they really have a lot of interest in me.”
That interest has been evident in the six weeks since the offer arrived. Iowa State hosted Hummel at Hilton Coliseum on Big Monday nine days after his offer and brought the central Iowa prospect in again Saturday for Junior Day.
Hummel, who recorded 65 1/2 tackles (56 solo) for Dowling in 2015, including 12 tackles for a loss and four sacks, is being recruited to play all three linebacker positions at the next level. Iowa and South Dakota State also have interest.
Iowa State is the early leader given his history with the school and what he’s seen and heard on multiple trips, most recently from Matt Campbell on Saturday.
“He just explained to me why they chose to recruit me and gave all the reasons why and told me I have all this potential and I could be a difference at Iowa State compared to a lot of other schools,” Hummel said of his meeting with Campbell. “They liked my play style and I guess they just heard I had a good reputation with the school. They had talked to my coach and a lot of other coaches and heard good things about me I guess.”
The linebacker position is one of emphasis for Iowa State in 2017 as it loses a number of players at the position next season. The Cyclones received a commitment from Cedar Rapids linebacker O'Rien Vance last Monday following his visit to Ames last weekend and are likely interested in adding a few more with Hummel right at the top of that wishlist.
“[The message] really is just that they think I can lead their new team of linebackers once they graduate a bunch of them this year. They’re really interested in me. They’ve just shown a lot of interest,” Hummel said. “I’ll just sit back and see what comes my way. I’m definitely considering Iowa State as a good option right now, without a doubt.”