Cyclone Watch: Five 2017 Prospects Who Might Be Trending Iowa State

Iowa State has a handful of commitments in its 2017 class and is still pushing forward through the early spring period. Who might be next? Here are five prospects to watch.

By the time Jake Hummel arrives on campus for the spring game, the in-state linebacker will have visited a handful of times since his mid-January offer. His father was a three-time All-American wrestler at Iowa State and the Cyclones have made it clear he is a priority in this class to put alongside fellow 2017 in-state linebacker O’Rien Vance. 

More than anything, Hummel seems like a matter of time. So when might he crack and commit to Iowa State? In reality, a commitment could come at any point in time, especially any point when he’s on campus. Right now, things are trending toward later this spring when school is winding down, but don’t be surprised if it happens in the near future either.

Iowa State likely wants close to a handful of offensive linemen in this class with that number potentially settling on four when all is said and done. If that’s the case, the Cyclones are now halfway there after two commitments in as many weeks. 

Next up could be Tyler Jost. 

The Libertyville (Ill.) prospect has already been to Iowa State once when he made a trip with his parents in late February. Now he’s headed back. Not only will Jost log a second trip to campus in a two-month span, he’ll also spend three days in Ames, arriving Thursday and staying through the spring game. The likes of Syracuse, Western Michigan, Toledo, Bowling Green and Wyoming have offered and Michigan State has a scheduled visit for April 22-23, but it’s possible the Cyclones’ run of landing linemen could continue very soon.

The Cyclones may only take a trio of linebackers in 2017 — in this case, the Leo is being factored in with defensive line spots — and with Vance committed and Hummel likely to join him eventually, that may only leave one additional spot. 

While Iowa State is after a number of highly-regarded linebackers in addition to the two in-state priorities, Boyd could be trending toward the Cyclones. He made a trip from Texas with some of his family in February and will now make a return trip to campus for the spring game. Two trips from Texas in two months is a telling sign of his interest level. 

Still, it’s unclear if Boyd might make a decision soon. His offer list is beginning to grow and he has been thinking about some summer trips too. Regardless, the Cyclones are in decent position and he will decide before his senior season at the latest.

When Jordan Murphy left his Iowa State visit earlier this month, he did so with an Iowa State offer in hand and trending quickly toward the Cyclones.

Murphy could be close to a commitment to Iowa State, but it still remains uncertain how long he’d like to take his recruitment. He has developed a strong relationship with Matt Campbell dating back to Toledo and the Cyclones are in great shape.

Tight end Travis Koontz doesn’t necessarily appear close to a decision, but the Cyclones do appear to be in good shape at this early stage. Iowa State is the first major offer for Koontz and one he has said he was hoping for.

Before any decision, Koontz likely needs to visit Iowa State, and he is hoping that might still be able to happen this spring. He’s been to Penn State multiple times and Michigan has expressed interest, so it’s possible Koontz might want to look at a few of his options before moving forward. There will be a better read on Koontz when he steps foot in Ames, but for now Iowa State is trending up.


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