A Hawk By High Noon?

Tyler Nielsen, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound, linebacker, from Humboldt, Iowa, has seen his stock absolutely blow up after a strong showing at the Scout.com All-American combine in Iowa City. Nielsen has three scholarship offers under his belt and he could be making a verbal commitment as soon as today.

"Purdue, Iowa and Iowa State have offered me a scholarship." Tyler Nielsen said.

"To tell you the truth, Iowa is my leader. I'm going to Iowa City today and we'll see how things go."

Nielsen has a sister that's a sophomore at Iowa majoring in business. Tyler's best friend, Cody Hundertmark, gave the Hawkeyes his verbal commitment this past weekend. Nielsen could follow suit and be a Hawkeye by this evening.

"Wisconsin, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota and Wisconsin are the other schools that I have an interest in." Nielsen said.

"I'd like to play outside linebacker in college. If I grow into a defensive end that would be fine also but I'd prefer to be an outside linebacker.

"I have very good speed (4.5 at the Iowa combine) and I'm a sure tackler. I get to the football as quick as I can and I like to hit. I've been playing the game since I was a boy just playing in my back yard."

Nielsen was brought up to the varsity at Humboldt as a sophomore and played linebacker and was later moved to the offensive side of the ball.

"I actually wanted to catch the ball but my coach wanted me to play guard." Nielsen said.

"We do a lot of trapping and pulling and my coach wanted me speed out there leading the way. I'm hoping to be able to play some tight end next year so we'll see what happens."

Nielsen had 90 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, six sacks and three interceptions in 2005. Those numbers were good enough to earn all-state honors.

Nielsen was also an all-conference selection in basketball the past two seasons and he also letters in track.

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