Hawks Host Connelly

Nick Connelly traveled to Iowa's junior day in hopes of getting a handle on what the Hawkeyes were about. The 2015 defensive end from Minnesota said he came away impressed and talked about it here.

When the Iowa players spoke to prospects at Saturday's junior day, something they said struck a chord with Nick Connelly. The Hawkeyes talked about the stability in their program.

Head Coach Kirk Ferentz just completed his 15th season at the Big Ten university. He and Oklahoma's Bobby Stoops finished this season tied for the third longest tenure among FBS coaches.

"They just talked really highly of all the coaches," Connelly said. "And they were saying that they've been there for so long. So many programs hire and fire coaches that if your there for five years you could easily have two different coaches. Where at Iowa, they've been there longer than anybody (in the Big Ten)."

The 6-foot-6, 250-pound defensive end from Red Wing (MN) Senior High sat in on a position meeting with assistants Reese Morgan and Eric Johnson.

"They just talked about how us, the group of D-Ends, that they're recruiting right now is a really fast group,' said Connelly, a junior. "They showed us some film of some of the defensive line highlights and just how it happened and what the players did to get through the O-Line.

"They also really stressed in there that they don't recruit you because you go to a big school, they recruit you if you can play football. There were a couple recruits in there that play eight-man football."

Connelly received strong feedback from the Hawkeye staff.

"I got to talk to a lot of coaches and players," he said. "We got a tour of everything and what the new football facility they're building is going to look like. It was pretty sweet.  

"I mainly talked to Eric Johnson. He had a lot of good things to say about me and he really liked me."

Connelly said he will attend Minnesota's junior day on Feb. 9.

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