Connelly Camps with Hawkeyes

Nick Connelly is familiar with Iowa. The Minnesota lineman visited the campus for the third time this year when he camped there on Sunday. He talked with Hawkeye Insider about the stop, what he heard from the coaches and what's next on his summer to-do list.

Nick Connelly continues to build a relationship with Iowa. It appears headed in the right direction.

The 6-foot-6, 250-pound, two-way lineman from Red Wing (MN) Senior High camped with the Hawkeyes on Sunday. He attended a junior day in January and returned for an unofficial visit in April.

"I thought I did a lot well," Connelly said of Sunday's Iowa camp. "Honesty, I thought it was the best camp I've ever had, personally."

The Hawkeye staff seemed to like what it saw, he said.

"I talked to the coaches for a little over a hour after the camp was over. They said that I'm their top (yet-to-be-offered) prospect right now and that they saw everything they wanted to see in camp," Connelly said.

Through most of his recruitment, the Hawkeyes viewed Connelly as a defensive lineman. After camp, they're not so sure.

"They had me play both offense and defense (at camp). It sounds like they like me at both but maybe a little more on offense. I don't know. It's kind of hard to tell. But I felt really good about the camp," Connelly said.

As far as where he stands in terms of an Iowa scholarship offer, Connelly felt like he left town showing what he needed to show the Hawkeye coaches.

"When I talked with them, they said they were planning on offering a few linemen out of that camp. They said that the competition ended up being so good that they needed more time to evaluate the camp. I just feel like i did the best that I could and I hope I did enough for them to offer me," Connelly said.

Montana State and Illinois State have offered Connelly scholarships, he said. He planned to camp with Minnesota (Sunday), Northern Illinois (June 11), Illinois (June 20) and Colorado (June 28). He also expected to attend the Chicago Showcase (June 12) at Northwestern, where many of the MAC schools will have scouts in attendance.

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