Nelson Set to Visit BYU

Taylor Nelson from Camas, Washington has been hearing a lot from BYU in the past couple of months since TBS first contacted him. Oregon State and Washington are the other two schools hot on Nelson's trail as he gets set to take a trip out to Provo to attend BYU's Junior Day early next month. TBS caught up with Nelson to learn of his recent recruitment.

Taylor Nelson is a 6-foot-2-inch, 225-pound linebacker recruit from Union High School in Camas, Washington, which is a suburb of Portland, Oregon. Nelson led his team in tackles last year and was a First-Team All-State selection and his region's Player of the Year.

Taylor has been courted primarily by Oregon State, Washington and BYU, and readily mentioned Oregon State as his favorite school after visiting the Beavers' Junior Day in early February. So does Oregon State remain Taylor's favorite or have other programs gained ground?

"I'm really starting to like BYU," said Nelson, who is LDS. "They've been contacting me more than anyone over the past few months and I'm very excited to go to their campus for the first time to see what they have to offer."

Nelson is being recruited primarily by Cougar assistant coach Barry Lamb and likes what he's being told about BYU thus far.

"I know that BYU will respect my mission plans and hold my scholarship while I go on my mission," said Nelson. "Serving a mission is something that is very important to me and having a school respect my plans to serve one will be a big part of which school I decide to play for."

Taylor also wants to go to a school with good education opportunities.

"The school I attend and hopefully play football for has to be a good academic school," said Taylor. "Education along with serving a mission are the most important things for me."

Right now Taylor is hopeful for his first offer which he hopes will come from BYU.

"I really like what I've been hearing about BYU," said Nelson. "The more I hear the more I like what they have to offer."

Junior Day

This coming June 5 certainly looks to be a big event for recruiting, as top recruits from around the country are set to attend.

The group will be headlined by such recruits as Skyline's Jake Heaps and Jason Butorac, who will join with Nelson in making the trip down to Provo for the one-day event. Heaps has recently gained even more recruiting pub after being named by Sporting News as the top quarterback recruit nationally.

California will be well represented, as Oaks Christian's Zac Stout and Alani Fua are set to attend along with other recruits.

Just about every top local recruit is expected to attend, including such headliners as Dallas Lloyd, Ricky Heimuli and Manu Mulitalo, among others. All in all, Cougar coaches will get to see 100 or so recruits up close during the one-day event. From now until then, Total Blue Sports will be doing our best to get you as specific of an attendee list as possible.


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