Nelson's pledge no longer a secret

While Wildcat fans were worried about the lack of commitments, the staff was hard at work. They pulled in Cody Anderson two weeks back, but apparently had another commitment prior to that. The Cats landed a verbal commitment from a defensive back shortly after he made an unofficial visit.

Cam Nelson tripped to Tucson in mid July and fell in love with the campus. Although he was still considering a number of other programs, it did not take long for him to pull the trigger.

"After I took my unofficial visit I knew that's where I wanted to go," said Nelson. "After I got home I talked to my dad and about a week after I got back I called coach (Mark) Stoops and told him that I was coming to Arizona."

Originally the 6-1 defensive back from Kimball High School near Dallas wanted to keep the commitment quiet. His original plan was to make an announcement after his senior season started, but as more and more teams pushed for a visit, Nelson decided to come clean.

Nelson is a corner back who has the size and quickness to play free safety as well. For his high school team he is used wherever they need the versatile athlete. Last season he played quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back. He'll be all over the field again this season.

Nelson actually grew up a Nebraska fan, but turned down his childhood favorite to commit to the Cats.

"Even after Nebraska offered I knew Arizona was the place I wanted to go," said Nelson.

He was impressed with the Stoops brothers and their vision for what Arizona football is to become.

"Talking to coach Stoops and seeing the program he wants to build, I just knew Arizona was the place for me," Nelson said.

Brad Allis contributed to this story.

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