"He said I would that I probably would never be around coaches who care more than these coaches do."
As a sophomore for San Joaquin Delta Nelson carried the ball 107 times for 557 yards and eight touchdowns, and also posted 26 receptions for 218 yards and two touchdowns. Nelson was selected all-conference following that season.
The 3-back role is one that is clearly defined by its versatility, and in that regard the 6-3 240-pound De'Marieya Nelson appears to be an excellent candidate for that position in ASU's scheme.
"I talked to (tight ends) Coach Long and he likes that I'm a dynamic physical player," Nelson said, "and that I can make plays not only from a slot position but also run the ball some. So I'm like a bigger back that can do multiple things. In my JC I played everything from running back to receiver to wildcat quarterback to tight end. I play all the skill position on offense but I also love contact.
"The 3-back position is a very hybrid position and a very unique position. It's one position that can do the work of multiple positions of a tight end, wide receiver and running back. Not many people can do all of that and it requires a lot. I really like how they use it in their offense. It's an offense that does a lot of different things and puts up a lot of points on the board."
"I'm still looking to see what is the best fit for me," Nelson explained. "But I loved everything about Arizona State. I have a trip set up with Texas Tech on Friday and that's my final trip. After that I will sit down with my family. Lay it all out and decide what is the best fit for me.
"I don't think I will make a decision before I take that last visit."
Nelson mentioned that he would like to get a degree in counseling and a school that offers that degree is one aspect he would consider in his decision.
"When I was out there (at ASU) I was able to have breakfast with someone from that department," Nelson remarked. "I had a nice conversation with that lady and she answered a lot of my questions.
"I want to go to a school where I totally feel comfortable because if you're not totally comfortable you won't be able to perform to the best of your abilities."
Nelson is scheduled to graduate in the spring and is a two for two player in terms of eligibility.