Iowa Gives Nelson Plenty to Ponder

David Nelson committed to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish before the firing of head coach Tyrone Willingham, and still says he is a soft commitment to Notre Dame and their new head coach Charlie Weis. After taking an initial official visit to Oklahoma State that reopened his recruitment, Nelson tells us that his visit to Iowa City this past weekend opened the door even more. Were the Hawkeyes able to impress Nelson enough to make a move on the Irish?

Hawkeye fans would jump at the opportunity to pick the minds of the Iowa coaching staff.

David Nelson enjoyed that experience this past weekend while on his official visit to Iowa City.

"The visit was great, and their coaches are amazing," Nelson said. "Instantly, after Coach (Ron) Aiken picked me up from the airport, I went into their offices and spoke football with Coach (Ken) O'Keefe and Coach (Lester) Erb."

Nelson went over his meeting with each coach.

"Coach O'Keefe and I mainly spoke about formations. He told me they see me as more of a vertical type of wide receiver, and that I would play the "X" receiver where Clint Solomon (2nd team All Big Ten Junior) currently plays. I'm taller than Solomon, though, so they feel they could use me more as a downfield option."

Nelson told us that he measured in at 6-feet-6, 196 pounds while on his Oklahoma State visit.

"Coach Erb sat me down in his office going over film of how he coached his receivers, and how they were used in games. Just watching him in practice on Saturday afternoon, he is like a linebacker coach with how he works with the receivers. He is so intense, and he pays so much attention to detail in regards to route running, where you line up, and just adjusting your routes," stated Nelson.

Nelson was hosted on his visit by Iowa sophomore quarterback and first team All Big Ten selection Drew Tate, who he says gave a big push for the Hawkeyes. Tate, a Texas native who Nelson is familiar with, talked about his high school days at Baytown Lee.

"He said he used have a wide receiver with my height in high school, and has a guy like that with Clint right now, but he only has him for one more year." Nelson said.

Tate also told Nelson about how Iowa focuses on player improvement on a year in, year out basis.

"He told me to look at the guys at Florida and Oklahoma where they step in and play right away," said Nelson, a US Army All-American selection. "He said at Iowa, they red-shirt guys and develop them to where they improve year in and year out. By the time they leave Iowa, they are better players than those who stepped in at other programs and played right away and who might have been more highly regarded. I had never looked at it like that before."

Besides Tate, Nelson has also had a couple current Hawkeye commitments make a push for him to join Iowa and become a future teammate.

"I've spoken to Jake Christensen and his father on a couple of occasions, and of course, my family is good friends with the family of Corey Robertson. They were telling us to go to Iowa before Corey even committed," stated Nelson. Robertson committed to Iowa last week.

If Nelson were to decide to switch his commitment to the Hawkeyes, the Iowa staff has made clear what it is they see in him.

"They love the potential that I have, and said that I could really thrive in their offense under either Tate or Christensen," continued Nelson. "Scott Chandler is the only receiver they've had with my height, but unlike him, they said they want to keep me at wide receiver. They have a great recruiting class coming in and they want to sign one more big-time wide receiver to go along with Trey Stross."

Stross is a fellow US Army All American who committed to Iowa in June of 2004.

Nelson said that the Iowa coaches asked him for a timetable on his decision, and that he responded by saying he will be making a final decision on January 24th. "I'm scheduled to officially visit Florida on January 7th and Texas on January 21st," Nelson said. "Neither school has offered me yet, but they are close to doing so. I'm going to fly to Florida and then fly directly to the All-American game."

The Hawkeyes made it clear to Nelson that he is a priority for their football program.

"Iowa told me if they have another big-time guy come along they will not turn him down, but that they plan to wait for me. I'm still a soft commitment at Notre Dame, but Iowa opened my mind up to some things. The most important factor about Iowa is they develop you, and they know how to win football games."

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