Nelson sets Notre Dame visit

One of Iowa's premier players in 2014, DE/TE Matt Nelson, is building a relationship with the Notre Dame staff, and he's set a visit to see the Irish this month.

Defensive end Matt Nelson of Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Xavier just started hearing from Notre Dame, but he already has a visit lined up to see the Irish.

"I just started talking with Notre Dame recently," Nelson said. "[Safeties coach] (Bob) Elliot and I had a good conversation recently, and they are excited to get me on campus. We just scheduled a visit for April 17."

Nelson has six offers, and he's still adding to the list.

"I don't have any favorites at this point," Nelson said. "I have offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska, San Diego State, Stanford, and Yale. Wisconsin and Notre Dame are two that may be close to offering. I would like to make my decision before my senior season starts, so I can get it out of the way."

The 6-foot-8, 240-pound defensive end has a few specific things he'll be looking for on his visit to Notre Dame.

"I'll be looking for how the coaches get after the players on the field, because that shows how much they care," Nelson said. "I want to look at their academic programs, too. I also want to play. Redshirting is okay, but I don't want to wait three years before I see the field."

"I don't care where I play, whether it's defensive end, tight end, or something else," Nelson said. "I just want to see the field."

Nelson's versatility and athleticism to size ratio makes him coveted on the recruiting trail.

"I'm a big athlete that can move," Nelson said. "I'm not stiff for a big guy. I can also move around and play different positions."

Nelson's trip to Notre Dame is the only one on the books in the future for right now, but more will be added.

"I don't have any other visits planned right now, but I've been to Iowa, Iowa State, and Minnesota so far," Nelson said. "I would like to visit the other places on my offer list before I get a list of favorites and before I think about trimming my list and then making a decision."

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