Nelson Eyes Late-Summer Decision

Iowa State extended two offers following its camp Saturday. One player, Bryce Meeker, has already committed. Another, Anthony Nelson, has the Cyclones at the top of the list but has a few boxes to check off before he makes his decision

Waukee's massive defensive end Anthony Nelson hauled in his first FBS offer Saturday, Iowa State pulling the trigger following its camp.

Nelson, to continue the cliché, doesn't expect to jump the gun in making a decision.

"It's big, it's a five-year commitment," he told AllCyclones.com on Monday. "As good as it sounds right now, I have to make sure that's right for me and that's what I want to do. It won't hurt to wait another week to verify it's the right decision, or see if another place is the right decision.

Waukee's Anthony Nelson

"The decision will come definitely before the school year starts, so probably early August. I'm gonna start narrowing stuff down. I don't have a set timeline but all I know is I am looking to make a decision sooner rather than later, before my senior year starts."

Late-June visits to Harvard and Princeton await. Nelson camped at Iowa on Sunday but did not receive an offer. His father played for the Hawkeyes.

"I talked to Coach Reese Morgan and he congratulated me and said he was impressed during camp and would keep talking to me and would stay in touch," Nelson said.

The Cyclones are high on Nelson because of his rare frame — 6-foot-6, 215 pounds, and his basketball athleticism.

Nelson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.84 and 4.80 seconds and turned in one of the best performances of the day in the Pro Agility drill (4.19, 4.25 seconds).

Defensive ends coach Stan Eggen stayed on Nelson's hip throughout drills, helping him to better use his hands against blockers.

"I hadn't come to football camps before this year so this was my first showing," Nelson said. "You know, there are questions on if I'm fast enough. Obviously I have the size and the frame. Their belief is they can put weight on that. They were concerned with how I moved and how I used my hands, how I took coaching, stuff like that."

Nelson does not gain weight easily but expects to reach 250 pounds whenever he enrolls at a university and begins a regimented weight training program.

By virtue of being the best offer, the Cyclones are in the lead for Nelson behind lead recruiter Shane Burnham, who chatted with Nelson and his family Saturday after camp.

"It's 40 minutes from my house, nice and close to home," Nelson said. "It's got a real family feel. Every school talks about it but they just live it. The coaching staff and the players, even the athletic coordinators and the trainers, everybody's bought into the same goal and the same vision. They're always there for you to help make you the best you can be. You feel that when you're around them."


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