Texas corner on fire, Likes the Cats

2005 just might be the year of the cornerback in the Lone Star state of Texas. With such studs as Jordan Pugh, Roderick Rollins, Chykie Brown, Parrish Cox and others it is no wonder either. Picking which one is the best would be a tough job for even the most accomplished talent evaluators.

One of the best, if not the best, is Mansfield Summit shut down cornerback Jonathan Nelson. One look at the physical numbers that Nelson puts up and it is no wonder why the kid has upwards of 20 offers at this early date.

At the Army All-American combine in San Antonio in January he posted a decent 40 time of 4.52 seconds. He measured at 5-feet, 10 ½ inches and he weighed in at 164 pounds. While those numbers are nice, it is the other numbers that stick out to college recruiters. Nelson pulled off a legit 40 inch vertical jump, an impressive 3.9 short shuttle time and an equally impressive 6.49 second time in the 3 cone drill.

On the recruiting front Nelson said that he has not been able to narrow things down at all but he clued us all in on the offers he has gotten so far early in the process.

"Things have been going really well," said Nelson. "I have offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, LSU, Kansas, Kansas State, OSU (Oklahoma State), Nebraska, Duke, Missouri, Colorado State, Texas Tech, UTEP, Utah, SMU, TCU, Minnesota, Boston College, Oklahoma and Texas."

With such an offer list it is understandable for it to be hard for Nelson to pair that impressive list of schools down.

"I haven't really shortened the list at all," he said. "I mean, I am just trying to take this whole thing in and see what happens. At some point I will start to try and narrow things down but I haven't really even tried to. I like all of the schools on that list right now."

On the Arizona front, Nelson says that he doesn't know much about the Wildcat program but what he does know he has been impressed with.

"I have gotten to talk to both Mark and Mike Stoops," said Nelson. "The amount of defensive backs and cornerbacks that they have sent to the next level is amazing. I talked to Mike Stoops today actually and he is a cool guy. We talked about Arizona and how they have put DBs in the league and how they are defensive minded."

Nelson is being recruited by the younger Stoops, defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, and he is equally impressed with him.

"When Mark was at Miami he coaches a lot of great defensive backs and that is impressive," Nelson said. "He and his brother know how to coach cornerbacks and that is why I am looking at Arizona."

When asked about what his best attribute on the field is Nelson reacted with a very shy answer.

"Oh I don't know, I have been told things," he said. "I have been complimented on just my overall ability. I guess there is no one thing. I can help in run support and I can cover one on one if I have to. That is what I have been told."

Nelson has a 3.5 GPA and has scored a 1000 on the SAT already to qualify for college. He would like to major in Engineering or maybe Architecture. He also has a self reported 325 bench max, 455 squat max and a proven 40+ inch vertical jump.


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