Nick Wilson has spent the early part of the football season making the commute from Des Moines to Ames.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound free safety from West Des Moines Dowling has drawn interest from a bevy of Midwest schools, including Iowa State. He has spent the past two Saturdays at Jack Trice Stadium on unofficial visits.
“I went to three of their camps,” Wilson said of Iowa State. “I went to their first one and they wanted me to come back, and then they wanted me to come back again. After the second camp, coach [Paul] Rhoads called me into his office and said he wasn’t ready to offer me yet, but a grey shirt would be a huge possibility in the future.”
Currently, Wilson reports that his lone offer is from Western Illinois. He has also drawn interest from Iowa, Illinois State, North Dakota State and Northern Iowa. After having the chance to tour the Iowa State facilities and meet with coaches during the season’s first two weeks, Wilson plans to use the remainder of the season hearing from other schools.
Wilson plans to visit Iowa City when the Hawkeyes play Indiana and North Dakota State when it takes on Youngstown State. He will also make visits to Illinois State, who he says is close to offering, and UNI.
“I’ve already been to two games [and have] been to quite a few practices,” Wilson said. “With Iowa State, I’m in contact with them a lot and I’m up in Ames quite a bit, so I think for the remainder of the season I’ll probably be using my Saturdays to get around to other games and see other schools. I’ll probably come back for one more game in Ames.”
While Wilson is a free safety at Dowling, he said many schools with interest, especially FBS schools, have projected him as an outside linebacker.
The senior doesn’t anticipate making a decision before his high school season comes to a close when he can evaluate all options.
“I’ll probably wait until the end of the season and see who else offers me and how everything goes,” Wilson said. “I don’t want to make a decision too early.”