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Future Hawkeye Anthony Nelson leads swarm of Waukee signees

John Naughton
jnaughton@dmreg.com

WAUKEE, Ia. – Anthony Nelson wore an Iowa Hawkeyes sweatshirt and made it official Wednesday morning.

The Elite all-state defensive lineman signed a letter of intent to play football at Iowa. He was one of 20 Warrior seniors who were part of a ceremony in the Waukee Fieldhouse.

It will be months before Nelson puts on shoulder pads for the Hawkeyes. But the 6-foot-6, 210-pounder felt his energy surge to think of the future.

"It gets you more excited for what's to come," said Nelson, who had 21 solo tackles for loss last fall.

Anthony's father, Jeff, was a defensive lineman for the Hawkeyes. Anthony grew up with lots of Iowa football inspiration on the walls of his family's home.

"There are pictures of dad all around the house," Nelson said.

Among the other Waukee athletes who were part of the ceremony: Nebraska basketball player Michael Jacobson, Iowa State soccer player Ellie Cavanaugh and Iowa golfer Aaron DeNucci.

Another Elite all-state football player, running back Trevor Allen, became the third athlete in his family to sign with Northern Iowa.

Allen's brother, A.J., plays for the Panthers. His father, Andre, is a former Northern Iowa linebacker.

The college recruiting process dominated by phone calls and mailings has gone electronic since Andre Allen played football at Des Moines North.

"It's pretty cool how much things have changed over the years," Trevor Allen said.