HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. – Chicago Marist three-star defensive back John Nestor was a big recruiting win for the Iowa staff. Nestor picked the Hawkeyes over Iowa State, Purdue, and a handful of others, and Iowa was able to get him in the fold early before he started to pick up more offers.
On Saturday, 247Sports was at Win Performance in Highland Park, Illinois to see Nestor go through a defensive back workout. In the embedded video above, you can check out clips from Nestor’s workout.
Nestor is the first defensive back commit in Iowa’s 2023 class. The Hawkeyes are also going hard after Chicago Kenwood three-star defensive back Kahlil TateRoseville (Mich.) four-star cornerback Amare SnowdenAnkeny three-star safety Jamison Pattonand a number of others.
Iowa landed a top defensive back class in the 2022 cycle led by five-star safety Xavier Nwankpa, but the Hawkeyes are looking to build on that again in the 2023 class. Nestor was the first commit, and the Hawkeyes are in a good spot for all of the players listed above when it comes to defensive back recruiting.
When Nestor got the offer from Iowa, the Hawkeyes were immediately a top school for him.
“They’re definitely different from everyone else in the country,” Nestor said of Iowa last month. “They have a different way of doing things, they’re super straightforward, and they don’t mess around, which I really like. Where I’m from, that’s like the people I grew up with and where I’m at today so it’s very comfortable and feels right.”
During conversations with the Iowa staff, Nestor has learned more about the Iowa defense, and the coaching staff has seen comparisons to another defensive back that dons the black and gold.
“One of the biggest things, when I talked to them, was that they reminded me of one of their cornerbacks, Riley Moss,” Nestor said. “That had a big impression on me that they thought of me that way because Moss just won Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year. It stood out to me that they loved my consistency to make plays on the ball and to show my physicality every play.”
Nestor was the seventh commit in the 2023 class for Iowa joining four-star quarterback Marco Lainez, three-star defensive linemen Maddux Borcherding-Johnson and Chase Brackneythree-star wide receiver Alex Motathree-star linebacker Ben Kueterand three-star offensive lineman Leighton Jones.
Nestor projects to play safety at Iowa, but 247Sports tabs him as the No. 68 cornerback in the class of 2023 nationally.
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