Defensive end taking his time

Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon High School defensive end Nate Iese is taking his time with his recruitment. Read on to see where Arizona stands, if he will visit, and more.

It appears that one of the more highly sought after prospects for most programs out west in the class of 2012 is Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon High School defensive end Nate Iese, who is hearing from schools up and down the west coast.

"Recruiting is going well," Iese said. "I just talked to coach Angus (McClure) from UCLA and a couple of other coaches about their practices. Things are going well right now. I have offers from Arizona, Washington State, Arizona State, Idaho, Sacramento State, Montana, and Nevada amongst others.

"I would say Arizona, Washington, UCLA, and Nevada are recruiting me the hardest right now."

While he holds offers from the Big Sky, WAC, and Pac-12, the 6-foot-4, 238-pound defensive end feels he may be close to adding a pair of Pac-12 offers to his list.

"I talked to coach (Jeff) Mills from Washington and he said they're very close to offering," Iese said. "Coach Angus left me a message earlier to call him, so I'm hoping they're close to offering as well."

With a variety of schools in pursuit of him, the 3-star prospect has four schools that are starting to stand out above the rest.

"The schools I'm most interested in are Nevada, UCLA, Arizona, and Washington," Iese said.

Arizona has put itself in such good position with the 90th ranked defensive end in the class of 2012 by having head coach Mike Stoops lead the recruitment, something Iese has appreciated thus far.

"I like what Arizona has to offer academically," Iese said. "I've been staying in close contact with coach Stoops and building a close relationship with him so I'm feeling a lot more comfortable.

"It means a lot to me to have him recruiting me. A lot of schools are sending defensive coaches, but having the head coach talking to you, it means a lot. It shows that they really want you and they're really interested and it makes you feel a lot more comfortable with them. It most definitely helps Arizona out."

As the fall approaches, it's about time for Iese to begin taking his visits. With one planned already, he has a pretty clear idea of the other schools he'd like to trip to officially, as well as the factors that will help him make a decision on a school.

"I have a visit to Washington State on the 10th of September," Iese said. "I've also taken unofficial visits to Nevada and UCLA. I'd like to go out and visit Arizona and Washington, and also I'd like to visit Oregon State as well.

"I'll be looking at academics mostly. I know what these schools all have to offer football wise from talking to them throughout the process. I haven't heard much about academics, so I'd like to go and see that. I don't know what I'll major in, probably culinary arts and music. I sing and play the guitar and the drums."

Since Iese has yet to see two of the four schools he is most interested in at this time, it's no surprise that he's not quite ready to make a decision.

"I'll decide most likely in the middle of my season or right after," Iese said. "I'll take all of my visits first before deciding."

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