Arvell Nelson Enjoys Iowa Visit

Glenville, Ohio quarterback Arvell Nelson took his second, and what appears to be his last, official visit this weekend to check out the Iowa Hawkeyes alongside teammates Derrick Smith and Bryant Milligan. Smith pulled the trigger and committed to Iowa, but did Nelson, or any other recruits on the visit, do the same? Josh Clark spoke with Nelson after the 6-4 quarterback returned from his Iowa visit and has filed this report.

"It was a good visit," Arvell Nelson said. "Everybody there was real nice and I got a chance to become more familiar with the coaching staff. My host was Chris Rowell, and I spent a lot time with the players. They just told me it is a great place and a place where everybody gets along."

Nelson sat down this morning with Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz to discuss the opportunity at quarterback.

"It was a real nice conversation because he didn't throw any sales pitches my way. He just told me I'd probably redshirt with Drew Tate coming back next year, and then it'll be up to me to compete for the job. He said I'll have every chance to make it my program," Nelson said.

Nelson, who was also joined by fellow Hawkeye target and Ohio quarterback Rick Santzi on his visit, confirmed that teammate Derrick Smith gave the Hawks a verbal commitment.

"Derrick is the only one I know that made a verbal commitment over the weekend. It is down to Tennessee and Iowa for me, and I know Bryant (Milligan) did not commit, either," stated Nelson.

In looking at his two final choices, Nelson could only say he is being faced with a tough decision.

"Iowa and Tennessee are real similar, in my eyes. They both have very good business programs, and their quarterback situations leave the possibility of early playing time. At Iowa, I really like the fact I could be a four year starter, and at Tennessee I really like the fact they play in the SEC Conference. This is just going to be a real tough decision, and I'm hoping to make it here over the next few weeks," said Nelson.

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