Nelson excited about commitment to ISU

Yuba (CA) Junior College defensive Rony Nelson had a very enjoyable visit to Iowa State this weekend and left Ames excited about his future career playing in the Big 12.

"I'm officially a Cyclone," said Nelson. "I'll have my papers in on Wednesday and I'll be back here to start classes right after winter break."

The 6-foot-2, 250-pound defensive end had already verbally committed to the Iowa State coaches a few weeks back but he made things official on Saturday during his official visit. "The visit just went great and so I told the coaches on Saturday that I was officially committing," said Nelson. "Coach Rhoads and I like to joke around but he told me that when I come here that we are going to get serious and that was exactly what I wanted to hear and I even told him that I look forward to having him bring out the best in me."

Nelson also got to talk with defensive line coach Curtis Bray and definitely liked what he heard. "He first showed some statistics on how the defense got better from last year," he said. "Then he was telling me how he thinks the defense can get a lot better next season with my pass rush abilities being a part of it."

Rony also enjoyed getting to see the Iowa State campus and tour the education facilities. "It's a lovely campus but really big," he said.

"I might get lost on the first day but I really liked it. I also got to meet with one of the ladies at the education building who went over all the stuff on kinesiology for me because that is going to be my major. I think I'm also going to minor in communications."

Rony feels that the entire weekend went amazing and really enjoyed all the different experiences that he had in Ames. "I just felt really comfortable with all the players and coaches," he said.

"Bailey Johnson was my host and he was really cool. I had a great time at the basketball game as the fan base was just crazy. They were talking to me and hoping that I would commit to Iowa State. Getting to go to the game and getting to watch the football team practice were really a lot of fun. I had my motor running at practice and I just wanted to get out there and play."

Rony feels that getting to graduate early from Yuba and getting to take part in spring practices at Iowa State will really benefit him heading into the 2010 season. "I'm just thrilled because it gives me a perfect chance to come in and compete for a starting position," said Nelson. "I can come in and see where I need to improve at and ask any questions that I might have about the defense. I can also study a lot of film and just talk with the other defensive linemen about their experience playing in the Big 12."

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