Nelson "definitely impressed' by Irish

Defensive end Matt Nelson of Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Xavier left Notre Dame on Wednesday with an offer. He breaks down his visit and what he finds impressive about the Irish.

Notre Dame offered defensive end Matt Nelson of Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Xavier today during Nelson's first visit to Notre Dame's campus.

"[Head coach] (Brian) Kelly offered me right at the end of my visit today, when I was in his office," Nelson said. "He told me that he likes how I'm a big kid that's athletic and can move. He likes that I'm a smart player as well."

"I was definitely impressed," Nelson said. "Campus was beautiful. This puts Notre Dame in the top half of my group. I don't have any leaders right now, though."

The 6-foot-8, 240-pound defensive end said seeing how Notre Dame operated a practice was one of the highlights.

"The best part was seeing the coaches and players interact at practice," Nelson said. "The coaches pushed the players and got 100 percent effort out of them, but they could also joke around with them. That is a big factor with me."

Nelson's dad accompanied Nelson on the trip. When asked if his dad liked the campus, Nelson responded:

"Very much so."

Nelson will visit Iowa tomorrow. This spring, he has visited Iowa, Iowa State, and Minnesota.

Nelson also holds offers from Arkansas, Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska, San Diego State, Stanford, and Yale. Top Stories