Connelly Back at Iowa

Nick Connelly visited Iowa for a second time this year. The Minnesota defensive lineman spoke with the Hawkeye coaches to get a feel for their thoughts on him. He shared them with us.

Nick Connelly attended Iowa's January junior day. The Minnesota defensive lineman obtained information about the Hawkeyes in a group setting.

Last weekend, Connelly received some personal attention at the Big Ten school. He attended a spring practice and spoke extensively with the staff.

"It went very, very well," the Red Wing High junior said. "I really like it down there. I got to talk to the coaches for a long time and watch the practice and just see how they do things. It was great."

Defensive line coaches Reese Morgan and Eric Johnson, along with head coach Kirk Ferentz, told Connelly that he's someone they hold in high regard.

"They seem very interested in me," the 6-foot-6, 250-pounder said. "They said that I'm their top recruit on their list that they haven't offered yet. They want me to come to a camp this summer."

Scout.com tabs Connelly as a three-star prospect on its five-star scale. He's a good athlete for a big guy.

"(The Iowa coaches) said that they really like my quickness off the ball and just how tall and long I am," he said. "They also like my aggressiveness."

Iowa, like many schools, enjoy watching players in camps to get a better feel for their strengths. It's especially true for linemen, who face a broad range of competition in high school.

"As far as what they're looking for in camp, they didn't really tell me anything specific," Connelly said. "I got the feeling that they just want to see how much muscle and weight I'll put on from last time they saw me play to this time and just how quick I can get around people."

Connelly focused on the defensive line during the Iowa practice. It provided him a feel for what coaches expect from players at the position.

"They usually have four down linemen and they really mix up what they do with them as far as running stunts and stuff," he said.

Connelly also noted how the staff runs the workout.

"I really liked just how fast-paced it is and how they really get after it as far as actually hitting and tackling in practice. The coaches also seem to have a lot of fun with it. It's not like they're just there yelling at you telling you to do stuff. But they're also just enjoying themselves and enjoying practice," he said.

Connelly recently visited Arizona State, Iowa State and Minnesota as well. He planned to see Northern Illinois on Friday before heading to the NFTC camp in Chicago the following day. He expected to be back in that city on May for the Under Armour Event.

Connelly said he will camp at Iowa and Minnesota this summer along with a showcase at Northwestern that features many of the MAC schools. He added that he likely would stop at some other team camps, to be determined.

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