Last season, Maurice Nelson registered a mind-boggling 132 tackles, 5 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, and 1 interception for Crestwood High School. He plays primarily as a strong safety, but has the ability to shift over to a cover cornerback position if necessary.
"Nelson looks like a bodybuilder, and he is the enforcer of the team. I see him more of a outside linebacker on the next level, possibly even a strong safety," said Crestwood Coach Brian Jackson. "He attended the Clemson football camp last summer, and we've up there numerous times for various camps."
As a sophomore Maurice registered 3 interceptions, 63 tackles and 2 sacks. He is known as an athlete that has the uncanny ability to deliver the big hit at the perfect time. He is also another Crestwood athlete with a fantastic combination of speed (4.43 in the 40-yard dash) and strength (bench: 305 lbs, squat: 490 lbs, clean: 265 lbs).
"I have seen him go from 5.08 as a freshman to consistent 4.4's now. He has even been clocked a few times at 4.38 on the track surface. He has the speed to cover the deep ball, and with a 36-inch vertical jump can get up with the big boys," says Coach Jackson.
At 6'2, 204 lbs, he has outstanding size and it is easy to see that he'll be a fierce intimidator at the collegiate level once you get a look at him on film.
He is a fundamentally sound football player with good instincts. He seems to be exceptional, and almost lethal, on the blitz. And you can bet that the last thing you want as a quarterback is a strong safety charging the line of scrimmage in perfect cadence with your snap count.
He wraps up well, and almost never lets a back get by him in the open field. He has fantastic recovery speed and is and generally speaking, he is an extremely aggressive football player.
"Nelson has always wanted to play at either Clemson or Florida State, but he won't rule anything out during the recruiting process," said Coach Jackson. "I have spoken to Brad Scott, and Rick Stockstill and they know of both Nelson and Morant and they are very interested. He has just about qualified core-wise and he is working on
preparing for the ACT/SAT. He will take these tests in June of this year to get a jump on th recruiting trail."
We will continue to monitor the progress of this outstanding athete as the recruiting process continues throughout 2003.
2003 Profile: Maurice Nelson
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