Nelson Multi-Talented

Matt Nelson is a standout on the Cedar Rapids Xavier football and basketball teams. College coaches from both sports are taking notice.

Matt  Nelson has a lot going for him. It's one of the reasons choosing a college will be difficult.

The Class of 2014 prospect from Xavier High (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) is being recruited for football and basketball. He's also plans on becoming an orthopedic surgery.

"I just really want to play at the next level," Nelson said. "That's the big aspect of me looking at schools. Academics also are important. It's going to be a tough choice when it comes down to it."

The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Nelson visited Iowa's junior day on Sunday. It was the first time he was hosted as a football recruit but had dropped by campus to meet with the basketball coaches in the past.

"It was a lot of fun," Nelson said. "I met a lot of the coaches and saw all of the athletic facilities. They're excited to see my development as a player."

Nelson said the the Hawkeye football program sees him as a tight end or defensive end, the positions be plays at Xavier.

"They said that could change," Nelson said. "I like playing defense more but I'm open to playing either."

Nelson said the Iowa basketball coaches are communicating to him the same sentiment he's hearing from the school's football staff.

"They're interested in my development," he said.

Nelson said he's wide open to playing either sport in college.

"Right now, I'm sitting right on top of that fence," he said.

Rice, Northern Colorado, North Dakota and South Dakota State have offered scholarships to Nelson in basketball. He reported contact with the Iowa, Kansas State, Iowa State, Oregon, Nebraska and Minnesota football programs. A few Ivy League schools are recruiting him in both sports, he said.

Nelson believes his senior football season will play a big role in determining which sport he ends up doing in college. Coaches are waiting for highlights from his final campaign.

Nelson said that facilities and a chance to play early also are important factors in his decision. The opportunity to play at a bigger school is on his mind.

"It's a little bit because getting to play at a higher level of football would be great," he said. "That would be exciting to do. That could determine it but there are more things I look for in a school."

Nelson is scheduled to visit Minnesota for its football junior day on Feb. 2.


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