Wilson Still Holding Out Hope for Hawkeyes

Nick Wilson continues to see his recruitment pick up, adding two more scholarship offers this week. The West Des Moines Dowling Catholic safety is hoping more schools jump into the mix for his services, including home-state Iowa and Iowa State. He talked with HI about his situation.

Timing is everything in many walks of life. Nick Wilson is learning it's certainly the case with recruiting.

The West Des Moines (IA) Dowling Catholic safety holds three FCS scholarship offers. He likes those programs. Yet, FBS programs are stringing him along.

It's a part of the process faced by many prospects. The smaller schools want him now. The bigger ones may take him if they miss out on players higher on their boards.

"It's a little stressful but it's recruiting," Wilson said. "That's how recruiting goes. I have to deal with it.

"It's looking good right now (that the FBS programs might offer). I don't want to make a decision too early but I don't want to make one too late."

If Wilson waits too long, he could lose opportunities at the schools willing to take him now. If he commits to one of them now, he could miss out on a late scholarship offer from an FBS program.

Of course, Wilson could pledge to an FCS program now and then flip to an FBS program later. He'd rather avoid that stress, however.

"I'm still keeping everything open," he said. "I, for sure, don't want to lose money that I already have offered to me just because I'm waiting too long. But things are looking good right now as far as Iowa and as far as the MAC schools starting to come in on me."

The Hawkeyes have been building a relationship with the 6-foot-2, 205-pound safety. He visited campus for a game during the season.

"(Dowling) Coach (Tom) Wilson said that Iowa has had good feedback for me," Nick Wilson said. "I talk to Iowa State every now and then, not as much as I was. Iowa has really picked up more than Iowa State has."

Dowling has sent a lot of players to Iowa through the years. Starting center Tommy Gaul walked on there, freshman tight end Jon Wisnieski is recovering from an ACL tear and current Maroon quarterback Ryan Boyle, a senior, committed to the school last winter.

"I think (the Hawkeye coaches) are going to be back around (Dowling). It was very positive feedback (on Nick Wilson). I think they've got some other things going but I would say it looks fairly decent. We don't know yet for sure, though," Tom Wilson said.

Nick Wilson picked up offers from Northern Iowa and South Dakota this week. Western Illinois gave him a scholarship opportunity earlier this year. He officially visited the Leathernecks a few weeks ago.

"That went well," Nick Wilson said. "I was impressed with the players and the family atmosphere. They're redoing their stadium and they're building new coaches meeting rooms and a weight room. I was impressed with the campus. It was a good feel."

MAC power Northern Illinois visited Nick Wilson at school on Monday.

"They're full right now but he thinks I'm just as deserving of an offer as the guys they have," Wilson said. "If they have an offer open up, he thinks I'm deserving of it."

Wilson said he's also hearing from Ball State and Miami (Ohio) of the MAC. FCS schools Illinois State and North Dakota State are showing consistent interest in him, he said.

"Coach (Dan) Clark from Illinois State said he doesn't know why they haven't offered me yet but they just haven't," Wilson said. "North Dakota State, their defensive coordinator (Matt Entz) called me and said they're still figuring out money and what they're going to do with a couple of other guys. They still have some money left to offer to quite a few guys so hopefully I get an offer from them."


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