"It's a big opportunity," Nero said. "Going through my senior year I feel like this is an award for playing so good and even starting with my ninth grade year. It's just a big opportunity for me. This is one of the biggest games in Alabama."
Playing for an Escambia County team that struggled this season, he wasn't able to make the playoffs as a senior. Because of that he said having the chance to go out on top a winner is something that is important to him.
"I don't think my dad got to play in the game, but he was telling me about it," Nero said. "I think he started talking to me about it when I was in the 10th grade. He told me I needed to work hard to have a chance to perform in that game because this is your last high school game. He said if you don't win your last high school game then it's a chance to win."
Nero tries to dry out his helmet on a wet and rainy day in Montgomery.
Nero will have the opportunity to be part of a defense that will feature some of the best talent in the South this year. They will need everything they've got to stop a Mississippi offense featuring very good quarterback Anthony Alford and Mississippi State commitment Deonte Evans at running back. Nero said it's just fun to be a part of a group like they have this week.
"It's pretty cool," Nero said. "Some of them I have met at the games and on visits. I have just met a whole bunch of them. Some of the guys that are committed to Auburn I've met. I think we're going to have a good time."
Nero works through a double team in practice
Along with running back T.J. Yeldon, Nero is committed to play at Auburn and is excited about his decision to be a Tiger. Playing defensive line he said watching the team play this year gives him hope that he can come in and make an impact early playing for Coach Mike Pelton.
"I think they need a lot of help up front," Nero said. "If I go in and work hard enough I can help them a lot.
"I'm going to take my official visit to Auburn sometime in January," he added. "I'm getting that squared away. I think I made a pretty good decision. I'm ready to go there. I'm ready to get out of school so I can get things started. I'm probably going to be leaving in May right after school so I can go down and start working out and be ahead of the game."
In addition to Auburn he said he may take a few more visits to just have the experience with one being to his father's alma mater Arkansas, but he added Auburn is where his heart is.
"I'll probably take some more officials around the State of Alabama," Nero said. "I may go to Arkansas and take an official visit there. Probably LSU too. I'll probably take a couple of official visits, but I'm pretty much locked into Auburn."