Nelson recaps last ND visit before decision

Defensive end Matt Nelson of Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Xavier recaps his weekend visit to Notre Dame, including what he learned from the Irish's team orthopedic surgeon. Nelson previews his final decision date and what will set the team he chooses apart from the others.

Defensive end Matt Nelson of Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Xavier arrived at Notre Dame on Friday afternoon with his mother and stayed until Saturday morning.

"We got there around 2:15 p.m. yesterday (Friday), and we just left this morning," Nelson said. "I was with my mom this time since my dad was with me last time."

"It went great," Nelson said. "We focused more on academics this time. I was able to spend a lot of time with the football team's orthopedic surgeon, Brian Ratigan who played for Notre Dame and in the NFL and I was able to meet with the dean on science. The surgeon gave me the inside on his job and talked about he balanced everything so well when he was taking challenging classes at Notre Dame and also playing for the football team."

Nelson was also able to spend one-on-one time with the Notre Dame staff.

"I was able talk with Coach Kelly, Coach Diaco, and Coach Elston," Nelson said. "The conversations all went really well. They broke down my film and gave me the example of Stephon Tuitt and Tony Springmann, and how I was their same size coming in and how much they have now filled out."

"I like the fact that Notre Dame is broad with their descriptions for the guys on the defensive line, but at the same time they all have their specific jobs," Nelson added. "I would have freedom to make plays. Notre Dame has one of the best, if not the No. 1, defensive lines in the country."

Nelson will visit Stanford June 18, and shortly after that, the 6-foot-8, 250-pound defensive end plans on making a decision. He will choose among a top three of Iowa, Notre Dame and Stanford.

"It will just be a gut feeling," Nelson said. "I've talked about academics before and coaching staff, but it will be a gut feeling in the end."

Nelson is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 35 defensive end in 2014. Top Stories