Nelson Continues to Improve

High school football is just around the corner, and most programs have had their offseason conditioning going for more than two months now. We've got the latest on one of the top athletes looking at the Tigers in this report.

Maurice Nelson, the #11 safety prospect in the country right now by TheInsiders, has been involved extensively in Crestwood High's offseason workout program this summer.

"We've been doing our end of summer testing and max-outs this week," said Crestwood Coach Brian Jackson. "Nelson hit 315 on the bench and 265 on power clean. He also had the team low of 4.19 on the pro shuttle."

Nelson comes into the 2002 season with several schools already offering scholarships for his services. Clemson, Maryland, and South Carolina have already offered, with Florida State, Georgia, N.C. State and Tennessee closing in fast.

"Nelson has always wanted to play at either Clemson or Florida State, but he won't rule anything out during the recruiting process," said Jackson.

Nelson is listed as a safety, but he could make the switch to linebacker at the collegiate level. He has outstanding size at just under 6-feet, 2-inches tall, and weighing in at just over 205 lbs. And while rumors have circulated that Nelson committed to the Tigers several weeks ago, it was proven to be untrue.

In other news, Nelson's teammate, fullback Demetrius Morant, weighed in at 251 lbs, put up 325 on the bench, and hit 310 on the power clean this past week at Crestwood. The big fullback also ran a very impressive 4.42 in the Pro Agility Shuttle.

Morant has been looked at by the Tigers for quite some time, but there still is no official offer on the table. But don't be fooled, that could easily change before the season is over, especially if he is able to put together another monster season.

Both Morant and Nelson have maintained that the Tigers have been their leader for quite some time, but until a commitment is given, anything is still possible. We will continue to keep you updated on these two fine athletes throughout the upcoming season. Top Stories