Iowa has already benefited greatly from this past weekend's huge recruiting event but they also hosted some other big-time prospects that will be making their college decisions later on. One of those was Detroit (Mich.) UD Jesuit safety Scott Nelson. Nelson is the fifth ranked safety in the Midwest, the second best safety prospect in Michigan, and a three-star prospect.
Nelson recently named a top five list of schools that included the Hawkeyes in addition to Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State, and Wisconsin. His other offers include Boston College, Kentucky, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Iowa State and Purdue. At 6-foot-2, and 190 pounds, he has a very nice frame and body type for the position which has made him a high target for many programs.
He had already taken overnight visits to Wisconsin and Northwestern. Iowa was the third. Nelson shared what he thought of his experience with the Hawkeyes.
"It was great to finally get down there," Nelson said. "It was a really fun visit and they showed me a lot and I got to talk to the coaches a lot."
"I talked a lot with Coach (Phil) Parker about a variety of things," he added. "And I just wanted to experience everything for myself and see everything they had to offer. It was good to spend time with Coach Parker."
Nelson will now take overnight visits to both Penn State and Michigan State before making his college decision, an announcement he hopes to make before his season begins.
So this was likely Iowa's one and only chance to impress the Michigan safety before he makes his college choice. Did this visit give the Hawkeyes a boost? Nelson discussed that.
"It probably gave Iowa a boost," he admitted. "It was the first time I've been down there so it was great to actually see everything. They showed me a lot when we were visiting."