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Crestwood High School
Sumter, South Carolina
Maurice Nelson is one of the top defensive players in the state of South Carolina in 2002, regardless of what the Shrine Bowl says. In case you missed it, Nelson, along with several other of the state's top prospects, were inexplicably left off the Shrine Bowl roster announced yesterday morning.
He currently has offers on the table from Clemson, Maryland, Tennessee, South Carolina, N.C. State, and a whole host of other schools, yet he still maintains the Tigers as his clear cut favorite.
Nelson is a prime candidate to play as a rover in the Clemson secondary next season. He has great size and outstanding quickness for a high school senior, but most importantly, he's one of the strongest players in the southeast.
Crestwood has an unmatched strength program, and Nelson has taken full advantage of it over the course of the last few years. He has a great physique and he was easily one of the most athletic players I've seen on the field this year.
Watching Nelson in person, you realize that he is a relentless football player. He doesn't give up on any play, and he has a fire and intensity about him that makes you excited to just watch him in action.
He also is the unquestioned leader of the Crestwood defense. Just ask Conway, they seemed to respect him enough to basically run away from his side of the field on almost every play.
In these highlights, Nelson, wearing #1, usually lines up at linebacker. Crestwood generally lined up a bunch of backers near the line of scrimmage, and they blitzed Nelson quite a bit Friday evening.
Conway was able to take advantage of the blitzing Crestwood defense by springing a couple of long runs and several back breaking pass plays, but again all of those big gainers went away from Nelson.
The senior linebacker suffered from a minor first half injury that limited his action, but after speaking with several members of the Crestwood coaching staff, it appeared to be nothing serious.