Nelson Camps at Iowa

Matt Nelson was back in Iowa City on Monday to check out the Hawkeyes. The Cedar Rapids Xavier defensive end, who has Iowa in his Final 3, got a feel for how the coaches operate. He talks about the experience in this premium story.

Once a prospect secures his desired scholarship offers, it's pretty rare that he will participate in camps on college campuses. Then again, Matt  Nelson is cut from a different mold than a lot of highly-regarded recruits.

The Cedar Rapids Xavier Defensive End lined up at Iowa's event on Monday with other guys just hoping to earn an offer. He did to improve himself.

"It went great," the 6-foot-8, 240-pound Nelson said. "I had fun learning new pass and run techniques for defensive ends. I got to see more of a first-hand experience on how the coaches coach."

Nelson has trimmed his long list of scholarship offers to three perspective schools - Iowa, Notre Dame and Stanford. He visited Notre Dame on Friday, his second trip to South Bend. He's scheduled to be at Stanford for a few days beginning on June 18.

"Everybody is still even," Nelson said. "Until I get out to Palo Alto to get a look around, it will be. After that, I can decide."

Nelson said he will visit Iowa again after he sees Stanford. He is unsure of the date for that.

"Coach (Jim) Reid wants to meet with me and show me a cut-up film of (former NFL all-pro) Jason Taylor because he said I remind him of Jason."

Reid was an assistant coach with Taylor's Dolphins in 2009. He also coached Joey Porter and former Hawkeye Matt Roth in Miami.

After Monday's camp, Nelson got another chance to meet with Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz.

"He just reiterated his message from before that I would have a huge impact and they would love to have me," Nelson said.

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