Unlike a lot of kids growing up in Cedar Rapids, Isaiah Nimmers is not a Hawkeye fan. That said, he's open to becoming one.
The Washington High junior cornerback and return man visited Iowa last month for its elite junior day. The 5-foot-9, 168-pound speedster came away very impressed.
"All the new facilities were really nice," Nimmers said. "The coaches seemed pretty cool from what I saw. Also, I liked how we got to watch film of them in action and the coach showing us what was wrong to do and what was right."
Washington (13-1) reached the Class 4A state championship game last fall in large part due to Nimmers' dynamic play. He caught 21 passes for 409 yards and three touchdowns. He returned 13 kickoffs for 304 yards and a score while his lone punt return went for 57 yards and wound up in the end zone. He rushed nine times for 39 yards.
From his cornerback spot, where he's expected to play in college, Nimmers totaled 20.5 tackles, two of which went for losses. He also intercepted a pass.
"I would say my strength is how physical I am," Nimmers said. "I'm strong in press coverage and simply being stronger than my opponent."
Nimmers said he did not receive a lot of feedback from the Hawkeye staff at junior day.
"The most that was said was from Reese Morgan saying that another (assistant) coach really liked my film," he said.
Minnesota also played host to Nimmers for a junior day last month. He's scheduled to attend similar events at Iowa State and Northern Illinois. Wyoming also has been in consistent contact with him, he said.
Nimmers always has favored the sport of football more than any specific team. He wouldn't mind making the local program the one for which he roots.
"For the most part I have lived in Iowa. I moved from Georgia when I was little. I didn't really grow up being a Hawkeyes fan but I think it would be cool to play there," he said.