The 6-foot-2, 250-pound defensive end who is also being recruited by East Carolina and Florida International will be graduating at the end of this semester and just completed a huge sophomore season. "I had 20 sacks which led the state and I had 28 tackles for loss which also led the state," said Nelson.
"I also had 90 tackles but it was frustrating at times because we only went 5-5. The problem was that we only had six sophomores so we just didn't have enough experience."
Rony feels his relationship with the Iowa State coaching staff has been the key to him favoring the Cyclones. "They had been watching me last year and then Coach Bleil contacted me this past spring," said Nelson.
"He offered me a month ago and we have really developed a strong relationship. I would say that we are becoming good friends because we have a good chemistry and I like the fact that he's serious about making sure my education is taken care of at Iowa State. It's important to me because you don't always get a chance to go to the NFL. He's going to make sure I graduate so that I'll be okay in life in case I get hurt or something."
Nelson also has enjoyed his conversations with Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads. "He's leading by example and has shown great determination in getting the program turned around," he said.
"He obviously has taught his team well and I really think his players believe in him which is important and now they are going to a bowl game. Coach Bleil came out last week and Coach Rhoads is coming to visit with me and my family this week before my visit so I'm excited to meet with him."
Rony is originally from Miami, Florida and has noticed that the Cyclone roster has many players from his home state. "I have been watching them some and I have noticed that they have some guys from my area," said Nelson. "It would just make things better for me and I'd feel a lot more comfortable having some guys with me that I can relate to."