David Nelson Hosts Kirk Ferentz

The Iowa Hawkeyes are leaving no stones unturned when it comes to their pursuit of Texas wide receiver David Nelson. They had no fewer than seven 'recruiters' putting a bug in Nelson's ears last week at the US Army All American Bowl, as the future Hawkeyes in town for that event let David know that he is wanted in Iowa City. On Monday, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz paid Nelson a visit, and HN.com spoke with David about his time spent with Ferentz and any impact last week's events might have.

Though the 2005 US Army All American Bowl concluded on Saturday, as the Iowa Hawkeyes landed four more commitments at the event and added to their impressive total of seven commitments from that team, the All American harvest might not necessarily be complete.

6-foot-6, 200-pound wide receiver David Nelson was also a member of that team, and he has yet to close his door on the recruiting process.

Nelson had committed to Notre Dame head coach Ty Willingham fairly early in the recruiting process, but Willingham's ouster in South Bend caused Nelson to reopen his recruitment to some degree.

He maintains that he is still a soft commit to Notre Dame, but he has taken an official visit to Iowa (December 17th) and he will visit Florida this coming weekend.

On Monday, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz paid Nelson a visit.

"It was great," Nelson said of his in home visit with Ferentz. "We had a chance to sit down and watch ESPN, and we talked more about current events than we did football. Coach Ferentz is just so down to earth; he is a very classy guy. He came in and was a gentleman, and my father and I respect that."

Nelson, who rates as the 67th best prospect in the state of Texas according to Scout.com, was being recruited all of last week from future members of the Iowa Hawkeyes, including his friend Corey Robertson, who is also among the top 100 players in Texas.

"Oh yeah, Coach Ferentz loved that. He also loved the fact that I had about 16 missed calls from Corey from this last week. And right when I got home, Corey was the first person to call me and get in my ear, so he loved that part. He liked that Corey called again while he (Ferentz) was visiting me."

Nelson informed us in an earlier interview that his father and Robertson's father were close friends.

Nelson is obviously familiar with Robertson and his commitment to Iowa, but he was able to gain even more insight on the Big Ten Champions from the seven Iowa commits who played with him in San Antonio this week.

"It's good to know that if Iowa is the school that I end up going to that these guys that I have met with, I will feel comfortable going there because I will already know so many teammates," said Nelson, who did not commit to Iowa on Monday and intends to take his final visit to Florida this coming weekend.

"It just makes you feel good to have so many of these guys tell you that they really want you to be on their team with them. But at the same time, they want what is best for me."

Though Nelson was disappointed with Willingham's dismissal at Notre Dame, he has been honored at the attention he has received since he has been looking at other schools, while still maintaining an interest in the Irish.

"To have all of these great coaches come see me, it makes me feel great. To know that I was the first person that Coach Ferentz wanted to meet with after their bowl game, that was great."

"He called me that Monday and wanted to come down here, but that did not work out. That was exciting to know that I was one of the first people he wanted to see. It makes you feel wanted and you see where their priorities are."

"With the kind of credentials that he has, it's great to have a man like that visit you in your house, and take time out of his busy schedule to come see you. My mom and dad both met him up at Iowa, and they just love the guy."

Nelson is an excellent student and carries a 3.9 grade point average. National signing day is February 2nd, but Nelson told us on Saturday that he hopes to make a decision "a day or two after my Florida visit".

He cancelled a trip to UCLA last week, and he is still uncertain if he will visit Texas, a school making a late push.

"They (Texas) are contacting me more frequently now, but I am just focused on this weekend and my Florida visit."

JON MILLER'S SLANT: Iowa sees Nelson as the 'heir' to Clinton Solomon's slot in the Hawkeye offense, what they refer to as their 'X' receiver. Nelson would have every opportunity to be a four year starter at Iowa, something his future teammates have made certain to tell him during the last week.

However, his impending visit to Florida will be key, and he continues to list Notre Dame when anyone asks him about his favorites. Unless Texas comes in with a real, real strong late push, and if Nelson has an secret desire to play for Mack Brown, we could know by this time next week as to where David Nelson will be playing.

Read two more interviews we conducted with Nelson as part of our coverage of the US Army All American Bowl from San Antonio:
Post Game Interivew
Post Practice Interview

David Nelson's Highlight Video


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