Visit To UF Campus Sealed It For David Nelson

David Nelson came to Gainesville Friday thinking that the University of Florida was going to be the place he wanted to play football. He left Gainesville Sunday morning fully convinced that he's made the right decision to commit to the Gators.

"I pretty much knew when I got there that I wanted to go to Florida," said Nelson, the 6-6, 198-pound US Army All-America wide receiver from Wichita Falls (TX) Rider. "I just needed to hang out, see the campus, get to know some of the guys, talk academics, see the facilities and things like that.

"Once I did all that, I knew this was where I wanted to be. I'm a Gator."

Nelson sealed the commitment by verbally confirming to Coach Urban Meyer over breakfast Sunday morning. Spending the time with Meyer this weekend was important, not just for David, but for his dad, Roy, a former football player at Texas (one year) and Texas-Arlington (three years).

"After meeting Coach Meyer and staff decided that if there's a coach in the nation I wanted my boy to play for, Coach Meyer is the one," said Roy Nelson. "This is a quality man who also is a great football coach.

"He's dedicated to the kids as football players and he's dedicated to them as students. You know when he tells you he wants the best for your kid that he means it. He looks you in the eye and tells you something and you know that you can believe it."

David Nelson was turned on by Meyer's commitment to the players and to making Gator football all that it can possibly be.

"I loved him," he said. "He's a great guy, a great family man. He really cares about his family and the Gator family. You can tell when you talk to him that he loves being the coach at Florida and that he loves his players. I've never met a coach like him.

"He's so fired up about Gator football and you can tell he's so committed to winning championships here. The players are excited about him. I'm excited about him. I'm excited about being a Gator. When September rolls around, The Swamp is going to be rocking!"

Nelson was hosted on his visit by tight end Tate Casey, a fellow Texan (Longview) and Jemalle Cornelius.

"They're both great guys," he said. "They're the kind of guys who will be great friends and great teammates. I really liked hanging around with them."

Nelson, who is fully qualified (3.9 GPA), plans to major in sports management. One of the real selling points for Florida was its sports management program. David spent a good portion of Saturday talking with the associate dean.

"I already knew Florida is a great school for academics," he said, "but when I got to talk to the associate dean, he gave me the background of the program and showed me where the school is ranked, I knew this was what I wanted. Florida's really got a prestigious program and they have great academic support."

Roy was also sold on the academics.

"There are a lot of good football programs out there, but we were sold that Florida is such a great combination of the athletics and the academics," he said. "The sports management program is really outstanding."

Saturday night, the Nelsons were in The Swamp when the jumbotron was turned on. The music started playing and they saw for the first time the video that precedes the Gators taking the field each home game. As they watched all the video of real alligators in a real swamp, then heard the recording of what it's like when the Florida Gators take the field, they got excited.

"I was so fired up, I was ready to suit up right there," said Roy Nelson.

David added, "I can't wait to come out of that tunnel in September!"


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