MURRAY — Murray rising senior Seth Nerness committed to Iowa State University on Saturday to play football for the Cyclones beginning in the 2015 season.
Nerness was on campus in Ames for a recruiting event when he made his decision.
"I'm really comfortable with the coaches and it is close to home," he said. "I have a lot of friends there. It just felt like the right place to go."
The 6-4, 215-pounder had also been weighing offers from Kansas State and Western Illinois, before settling on the offer from the Cyclones.
"I think from the people he had talked to and what their expectations are of him, I think it's a good fit," said former Murray head football coach Keith Shields, who coached Nerness during his first three years of high school.
"Talking to the Iowa State coaches and what they saw of him, their expectations are within a couple of years he'd be about 260 pounds and still be able to run and chase the quarterback," Shields said. "They love his athleticism."
Nerness recorded 71 total tackles during his junior season, including 21 solo tackles for loss and seven solo sacks. He projects as a defensive end for the Cyclones.
He also rushed for 856 yards with 14 touchdowns, averaging 8.9 yards per carry for the Mustangs.
Nerness said he feels very comfortable with the staff at Iowa State.
"I've been to three camps, all the football games, several Junior Days," he said. "I have a good relationship with their defensive end coach they just hired."
With the signing period not until February, Nerness has just given a verbal commitment to the Cyclones.
But, he has no intentions of waivering on that decision.
"I'm excited for the opportunity for him," Shields said. "He got an offer in the last week or so from Kansas State. He'd been to a camp at Missouri in the last couple of weeks. Western Illinois had been in contact with him. Iowa State has been on him the longest, and I think he felt real comfortable with the coaching staff and being close to home. It was a relief, I think, for him to make that decision and have it behind him."
Now, Nerness can concentrate on his senior season.
"Don't want to have that in the back of my head," he said about trying to make a decision during the season. "No more camps. Just time to go to work."