Matt Nelson has been around Iowa football enough to know what the Hawkeyes are all about. On Thursday's visit to the school, he found out what to expect from the academic side.
The Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Xavier High defensive end met extensively with the director of the school's sports medicine center, Ned Amendola. Nelson wants to become an orthopedic surgeon and his college education is at least equally important to him as Saturday's on a football field.
"He's a world-renowned orthopedic surgeon," Nelson said of Amendola. "We talked for about a half hour. We talked about his clinic. It was real informative."
Nelson's recruitment has skyrocketed in the last month or so. He picked up an offer from Notre Dame on a visit to South Bend on Wednesday. The Irish followed Iowa, Iowa St., Arkansas, Nebraska, Stanford, San Diego State and Yale in extending an opportunity to the 6-foot-8, 240-pounder.
"It's been a little hectic but I'm just trying to have fun with it," Nelson said of the increased attention.
Nelson has not scheduled any more visits but said there is at least one more school he plans to see in person.
"We will get out to Stanford," he said. "I think it will be this summer before their camp, which is around June 19."
With the increased attention and offers coming Nelson's way from out of the state, it's made some Hawkeye fans antsy about where their school sits with the local product. He cleared that up.
"They're one of my top schools," Nelson said.
"They said they didn't bring in any defensive ends last year and that it's a real need in my class," Nelson said. "They told me that they would love to have me in the program and that I am a priority for them."
Despite his recruitment picking up, Nelson is trying to make his decision before or early into Xavier's season.
"I'm not rushing anything, but I'm also not looking for things to get crazy," he said. "I'd like to start narrowing things down in my head. I want to see everything I need to see and I wouldn't mind taking some official visits, but I don't want it taking over my life."