In-State Athlete Checks Out Hawkeyes

Nick Wilson saw Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz and Assistant Reese Morgan at his game a few weeks ago. Saturday, the in-state athlete returned the favor, attending the Hawkeyes Homecoming game against Indiana. He spoke with HI about the stop and updated his recruitment.

Despite living just a few hours to the east of Iowa City, Nick Wilson never had attended a Hawkeye football game until Saturday. He understood quickly what he had been missing.

The Homecoming Crowd rocked Kinnick Stadium as Iowa captured an exciting 45-29 win against Indiana. The environment dwarfed Wilson's stop at an Iowa practice earlier this season.

"It was very impressive," the West Des Moines (IA) Dowling Catholic senior said. "The new facilities will be one of a kind and I enjoyed the atmosphere a lot. I was very pleased with the visit."

Hawkeye Head Coach Kirk Ferentz and Reese Morgan, who leads the program's in-state recruiting efforts, dropped in at a Dowling game two Fridays ago. Maroon Quarterback Ryan Boyle verbally committed to Iowa earlier this year.

Morgan took time to speak with Wilson on Saturday.

"We talked about my season and how everything has been going. He said they have been excited to watch me this year and likes how things are going. I said hi to Coach Ferentz and Coach (Phil) Parker as well. They said they like what they have seen and were impressed when they came to watch me a couple weeks ago.," Wilson said.

Dowling uses Wilson at free safety. At 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, he could grow into an outside linebacker at the next level.

"I think (the Hawkeyes) are looking at me as an athlete," he said.

Iowa State has indicated that they see Wilson at linebacker. He's visited Ames for three games and has stopped there about five times for practice this fall.

"(The Cyclones) still contact me every week. They tell me to be patient and act like they will offer something, either a scholarship or gray shirt," he said.

Wilson reports a scholarship offer from Western Illinois. North Dakota State keeps in consistent contact with him, he said.

"Coach (Matt) Entz (defensive coordinator) wants to offer me and the head coach (Chris Klieman) is going to call me sometime soon to talk," Wilson said.

Wilson said he speaks weekly to Illinois State, Northern Iowa and Western Illinois.

"Coach (Dan) Clark at Illinois state told me that he thinks an offer will be coming from them very soon. UNI sends me hand written letters and has invited me to all their home games," he said.

Wilson has visited Iowa, Iowa State, North Dakota State and Illinois State this season.

"I'll probably go to UNI and Western Illinois," he said.

Wilson has accumulated 26.5 tackles this season (19 solo, one for loss) for 6-1 Dowling. He's intercepted one pass.

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