Dynamic Defender

Arkansas defensive line coach Charlie Partridge has made quite the impression on Fort Lauderdale (FL) Plantation defensive tackle Monty Nelson (6-2, 310), who has expectations of committing to the Razorbacks when he visits either Jan. 18-20 or Jan. 25-27.

Arkansas would certainly like to add at least one defensive lineman to its 2013 recruiting class and it sure appears they are in great shape with one.

Fort Lauderdale (FL) Plantation standout Monty Nelson (6-2, 310) said Saturday afternoon that all he is waiting on to commit to the Razorbacks is taking an official visit one of the next two weekends.

"I will be up there either January 18th or January 25th and I think once I get there I will be a Razorback," Nelson said. "I don't have any other visits set up. I'm pretty sure Arkansas is the place for me."

Nelson, who had 11 ½ sacks this past season, has 14 offers from schools such as Arkansas, Missouri, West Virginia, Michigan State, Indiana and Louisville – all trying to get him to take visits.

But Arkansas defensive line coach Charlie Partridge – who visited Nelson at home on Friday for the second time in the past month – has won the young defender over.

Partridge made Nelson – a 3-star prospect according to Scout.com who canceled a trip to Indiana this weekend - a priority once he started recruiting for Arkansas in December.

"He's a great guy and a really great coach," Nelson said. "He came to my house Friday and we had some dinner and met with my mother and my brothers. We all really love him."

Nelson has talked to Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema on the phone and likes what he saw of the coach's teams when he was at Wisconsin.

"I liked how aggressive and tough his defenses were at Wisconsin," Nelson said. "I think that would be a good fit for me to play my college ball in."

Nelson sized up his strengths.

"I feel really good about my strength and my tackling ability," Nelson said. "I would like to get my speed better."

Nelson admits that he just had a passing interest in Arkansas until the new staff arrived in Fayetteville.

"I had seen them on TV and knew they were a good football program, but really didn't have a lot of knowledge about Arkansas until they started recruiting me," Nelson said. "I really like what I have found out about it and am really looking forward to getting up there and seeing everything."

The official visit will be determined by when has family and maybe his offensive line coach Jake Chapman can make the trip as well.

"I think we'll know whether it will be the 18th or the 25th early next week," Nelson said. "Either way, Arkansas is the only place I am planning on visiting."





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