Dowling Catholic linebacker Jake Hummel is no stranger around the Iowa State football complex as the 2017 in-state priority in recent months has become a familiar face in Ames.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker, who Iowa State offered a scholarship in mid-January, has visited the Cyclones nearly a handful of times since, including a trip from Des Moines on Saturday to take in Iowa State's first scrimmage.
“They’re always very welcoming. They tell me to come up whenever. They’re always trying to get me to come up as much as I can,” Hummel said. “It was pretty cool to see them in action. The way they run things is pretty smooth and pretty up-tempo. The way [Matt Campbell] works with them, I like it a lot. They’re always trying to get you to work harder.”
Iowa State has made Hummel a priority since offering, bringing the junior linebacker to Hilton Coliseum for a Big Monday game that same month and inviting him back in February for Junior Day. The Cyclones are likely to take a trio of linebackers in this class, and Iowa State is eyeing Hummel to join fellow Iowa linebacker O’Rien Vance as a commit.
Hummel is a strong, physical linebacker who recorded 65 ½ tackles (56 solo), including 12 tackles for a loss and four sacks, for Dowling last fall as a junior. Hummel’s lead recruiter, linebackers coach Tyson Veidt, has told the developing linebacker that he could play a multitude of spots in Iowa State’s scheme.
“We probably talk at least a couple times per week,” Hummel said of he and Veidt. “I guess he’s just trying to get to know me as much as he can so I can be comfortable with him and the rest of the staff. One time they compared my film to how Iowa State does [things]. He likes the speed that I play at and he basically said I’m the type of player that can fit into any of the three linebackers that they have.”
Hummel, who is regarded as one of the state's top prospects in 2017, is currently ranked as the No. 28 overall inside linebacker in the 2017 class and the third-best in the Midwest. On Saturday, he had a chance to talk with Vance during his trip to Ames.
Whether the two will ultimately become fellow commits is to be determined.
“We just kind of started to get to know each other yesterday,” Hummel said of his conversation with Vance. “It’d be a pretty cool experience to have another Iowan right by my side out on the field leading the defense.”
Hummel is also hearing from Iowa, Northern Iowa and South Dakota State and was in Iowa City for the Hawkeyes' Junior Day. While he’ll likely return to Ames for Iowa State’s spring game on April 16, he doesn’t plan to take any other trips this spring.
As for his timeline, Hummel is still getting a better feel for his recruitment.
“I definitely want to get it done before the season or maybe even the beginning of the summer,” Hummel said. “I haven’t really decided though.”