SURPRISE: Three-star DE Jerrion Nelson is a Cyclone

Most people thought the National Signing Day surprises were over when three-star running back David Montgomery announced his commitment to Iowa State. 

But Matt Campbell and his staff had something else up their sleeves.

Three-star defensive end Jerrion Nelson signed with the Cyclones Wednesday morning turning down offers from 11 other schools including Iowa, Syracuse and Purdue. Nelson never took an official visit to Ames. 

The Columbia, Mo. native is rated as the No. 74 strong-side defensive end and No. 15 player from Missouri in the class. 

Stay turned to throughout the rest of National Signing Day for full updates.


Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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