Nelson pledges to ASU

De'Marieya Nelson's calling card is his versatility and when he visited Tempe last weekend he saw how much the 3-back position in ASU's offense fit him like a glove. This is one big reason why the San Joaquin Delta College tight end decided to end his recruitment and commit to the Sun Devils on Thursday night.

"If feels great and I feel that I made a great decision," Nelson told Devils Digest. "I've been talking to my family since the visit and I met with the coaching staff (following the official visit) and I came to an agreement with them (his family) that this was the best decision for me.

"In my junior college I learned to play my position by watching (current Miami Dolphins tight end) Charles Clay and that is someone the Arizona State coaches coached at Tulsa. So I know I can fit in this offense."

The 6-3 240-pound De'Marieya Nelson played a multitude of positions at his school, including wildcat quarterback, running back, wide receiver and obviously tight end. He rushed for 557 yards on 107 carries and scored eight touchdowns last year, as well as two receiving touchdowns.

"I'm a dynamic physical player," Nelson said in a previous interview, "and 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.

"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 in their offense."

Nelson already visited San Diego State and Utah State and canceled a visit to Texas Tech. The Arizona State coaches were naturally elated when the tight end delivered the news earlier tonight.

"They were all excited and fired up," Nelson said, "and they welcomed me to their family."

Nelson is a two for two player in terms of eligibility.


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