Sacramento DE talks Cougs, visit

SACRAMENTO'S NATE IESE HAS had trouble recently trying to keep up with all the college coaches calling him. But the three-star d-end prospect was able to get out to Pullman last weekend with his dad on an official to Washington State. Here's how his crimson experience played out...

"It was a really good school, a really good visit," said Iese (6-4, 238). "You could tell it was a really good college town and that the football program is on the rise."

Iese hails from the same high school, Sheldon, as did the Cougs' tight end Mansel Simmons. Indeed, the Cougs have been recruiting Iese for some time now.

"It was great seeing him again, I enjoyed spending time with Mansel... I've been talking with coach (Jody) Sears and coach (Paul) Wulff for a long time. When they were recruiting Mansel, and then when they offered me, they had told me they really liked my character, and that they knew I could benefit them on the field," he said.


"The game," said Iese. "I was really impressed with how they played UNLV. I didn't expect them to beat them by so many points. I talked to coach Wulff the next day, he talked to me and my dad, and I told him it was a great visit. And then coach (Todd) Howard, I'm looking forward to talking to him again, he gave me a lot of tips that I'm going to use in my high school games this season."

IESE HAS ADDITIONAL TRIPS scheduled to Nevada on the weekend of Oct. 7, and UCLA has said they want him to visit in January but no date has been scheduled. Dates have not yet been scheduled for ASU or UA at this point.

"I called ASU last week and talked to coach (Craig) Bray. He sounded excited and said he can't wait for me to get up there. I talked to Mike Stoops at Arizona and he said the same things," said Iese.

Iese, who holds offers from Washington State, UA, ASU and others, said he doesn't foresee a decision coming until after his senior season, and he wants to take "all five of my official visits." As for the first trip, he said his dad enjoyed it as much as he did.

"He said he really liked it – he liked the same things I did, (he) likes the coaching staff there at Washington State," said Iese.

Iese as a junior was named second team all-league, posting 50 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

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