David Nelson Took Notice of Iowa Haul

By his best guess, HawkeyeNation.comm's Jon Miller has interviewed more than 500 athletes and coaches of the course of the last five years, and Texas Wide Receiver David Nelson ranks near the top when it comes to solid people. He was a member of the US Army All American team and everytime you turned around in San Antonio, it seemed as though an Iowa Hawkeye commit was by his side. We spoke with Nelson after Saturday's game and have the latest on Nelson's recruitment.

David Nelson

The ‘Iowa kids' have been hounding you all week. How was it for you to see them all committing to Iowa on Saturday?

It was great, because I got to see the guys do that. I got to see them all play live, and it was a good experience for me and that will go into my thought process.

Let's be honest here; I saw them working you hard all week long. Was that flattering or annoying?

It was great. It was very flattering. It makes you feel wanted, and you should always go to a school where you are wanted. It was great to sit back and hear different things from different people.

You visited Iowa on the weekend of December 17th, yet many of the guys who were here this weekend took their visit on December 17th. Was this a good time to bond, and was it like another recruiting weekend for the Hawkeyes?

Definitely. That is what this whole game is, a recruiting trip. It seems like everyone is trying to put in a plug for their school. But it's fun and I really enjoyed it. I have met a lot of good people, like the Christensen's. It's just great.

Florida is another school that you are considering, with Iowa and Notre Dame. Did any of the All American prospects who are considering Florida try to work on you, as well?

There are not a whole lot of Florida kids here. Nyan Boateng has been recruiting me the hardest. I think he might be the only kid going to Florida from this game. I talked with Florida's coaches just about every day this week.

What is the timetable for your decision?

I will take my Florida visit on the 21st. I will probably know about two days after that visit. I will sit down for a day, and then I will know.

Jon Miller's Thoughts from his week in San Antonio

Nelson is a legitimate All American prospect. He is angular, he is fast and most importantly, he is a student of the game. One aspect that is impossible to figure out unless you get to talk to him is that he is an All American person.

I have seldom interviewed many athletes who come across as respectful, engaging and nice as Nelson. The time that he spent with the ‘Iowa Contingent' this week was invaluable, as far as Iowa is concerned. That time made an impact on Nelson, to be sure. Factor in that Nelson's father and the father of Iowa commit Corey Robertson are very good friends, and you know that the Hawkeyes are in the front of Nelson's mind.

He visits Florida this coming weekend, but not before Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz has an in home visit with Nelson on Monday.

Like Jake Christensen said in an interview we published on Saturday night, Iowa is hoping to land David Nelson and then sprint to the finish line for the class of 2005.


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