The interest in athlete Nick Niemann is beginning to pick up as he nears the end of his senior year, and with it comes interest holding multiple family ties.
Niemann, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound athlete from Sycamore (Ill.) picked up an offer from Iowa in late January and this week added one from Iowa State. Neither school has specified a position yet, but Niemann figures to be a tight end or linebacker in college. Niemann also holds a third offer from Montana State.
Niemann sent Iowa State coaches film several weeks ago and has been in touch via social media before picking up the offer from the Cyclones on Monday.
“We didn’t really get into position talk much yet, so I’m not exactly sure yet,” Niemann told AllCyclones.com regarding where he fits. “I’m open to anything. I’ve been classified as an athlete.”
The offers from both Iowa and Iowa State hold family implications. Niemann’s older brother, Ben, plays at Iowa.
“He’s behind me whatever I do,” Niemann said. “Obviously he’d like me to go to Iowa, but he knows I’m just going to do whatever is best for me and he’s behind that. Whatever I do, he’ll be supportive.”
On the other side of the coin, Niemann’s father, Jay, who is the defensive coordinator at Northern Illinois, played at Iowa State from 1979-82.
Niemann said interest began picking up within a month of his junior season. In addition to his three offers, the junior has drawn interest from Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Bowling Green and a number of I-AA schools. He’ll visit Illinois down the road and will stop at Iowa State on March 7 for Junior Day.
“I liked Iowa State,” Niemann said of a past visit. “My brother went to their Junior Day about two years ago, so I got to see all their facilities and they’re really nice and everything. I like Coach Rhoads a lot, he’s a nice guy. The staff that I met there was really nice, too.”
Niemann hasn’t made any decisions on what camps he might attend this summer. He plans to let the process play out in the coming weeks and months before ultimately making his decision.
“I’m going to wait and see how it plays out,” Niemann said, “but I’m definitely going to make a decision before my senior season.”