Nelson added four offers in a day earlier this month and has a dozen with his midseason film going out to schools.
"It's been very exciting, but really I'm just humbled by the attention," Nelson said. "A lot of schools have offered me and I'm really grateful for everything I've received."
The 6-foot-5 prospect plays left tackle and defensive tackle for Red Bank and could play anywhere from defensive end to guard in college. He currently projects better on the offensive side, but has no preference, he said.
Nelson said national attention has not curbed his interest in Rutgers, which was one of his favorite teams growing up and stands undefeated in the Big East.
"Rutgers is great," Nelson said. "I talked to [offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski] for 30 minutes the other night. He's just a great guy and it was nice being coached by him when I went to the big man's camp. He's a genuine coach."
Nelson was in the locker room after the team's recent victory over Connecticut.
"It was awesome," Nelson said. "The atmosphere in the locker room after the game was sick. … I'm really close with Josh and it's going to be great to watch him play there next year. I'll definitely be at more Rutgers games."
Nelson also grew up a Michigan State fan he said. The Spartans recently offered him a scholarship.
"It's very exciting," Nelson said. "I've always liked them as a school, as a team when I was younger. I've been a fan ever since Javon Ringer was there and rushed for 200 yards against Notre Dame. I was a Michigan State fan and Rutgers."
Wisconsin came in with an offer last week, but the Badgers remain a relative unknown for Nelson.
"I don't know a lot about them yet," he said. "Coach [Thomas] Hammock came in. He's my recruiter, the running backs coach, last spring. I didn't get to talk to him because they're not allowed to. But that's the only coach I've communicated with so I can't say anything about the coaches. They're having a good season."