Finally, the Iowa football team received some good news.
Waukee (Iowa) High defensive end Anthony Nelson told Hawkeye Insider Monday night that he had switched his verbal commitment from Iowa State to the Hawkeyes. His father, Jeff Nelson, played defensive line at Iowa from 1988-92.
"I feel extremely comfortable with the program and university," Nelson said. "I believe Iowa is the best place for me to pursue a business and possible Pre-Med future."
Nelson, a senior, verbally pledged to Iowa State in June. The Hawkeyes jumped back in with him in November and offered him a scholarship last month. He visited Iowa City during the team's bowl prep in December.
"I thanked (the Cyclone coaches) for everything that they have done and it was a tough decision but it was the right one for me," Nelson said. "I feel extremely comfortable with the program and university (Iowa)."
Anthony Nelson (6-6, 210) was named the Des Moines Register's Western Iowa Defensive Player of the Year. The Iowa Newspaper Association tabbed Nelson as a first-team all-state pick.
Nelson accumulated seven and a half sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss as a senior. He totaled 42 tackles.
While Nelson was comfortable with his Iowa State commitment, now he is allowed the chance to follow in his father's footsteps.
"It will be a great opportunity to play for the same university my dad played at," Anthony said.
Nelson represents Iowa's 17 known verbal commitment in the Class of 2015. He's the sixth player expected to play defense.
"The coaches project me to play defensive end and plan to develop my body to help me compete in the Big Ten," Nelson said. "They expect me to come in and work hard."