"I want to try to win a state championship," said Nelson. "For myself, I just want to learn to work harder and play harder."
Nelson has spent time at several positions during his high school career. While he will likely wind up inside as a defensive tackle on the college level, Adams has enjoyed moving around in high school.
"I feel like it's made me more versatile," said Adams. "I have enjoyed learning how to play the different positions.
"You never know what is going to happen or what position you may have to play to help the team."
Brandon High had some early season struggles under new head Coach Brad Peterson, but down the stretch the Bulldogs were playing their best football.
Adams believes the team can use the last season success to build on for 2011.
"We are working a lot harder now," said Nelson. "Coach is pushing is a lot harder in the weight room.
"He has everybody working hard to get better."
The chance to stay close to friends and family was important to Adams when he considered his college future.
Nelson committed to Mississippi State following a strong showing at the Bulldogs' first summer camp.
"It means a lot to me to be able to represent Mississippi," said Adams. "I am happy about being able to stay in state and play college football.
"Mississippi State has a good program and I like all of the coaches."
This past weekend, Nelson took part in the Bulldog's Big Dawg camp. He was able to spend some time with his future coaches and teammates.
"The camp was a lot of fun, but it was a lot of hard work," said Adams. "I like Coach Wilson a lot. He's a cool person.
"He told me to bend my hips more and keep working hard. He's a good coach."
Nelson is one of several talented defensive lineman in his home state of Mississippi. He has enjoyed getting to work alongside his peers this summer.
"They all work hard and they have a lot of speed. I hope they come to Mississippi State.
"I talked to them some. I feel like there is a lot of talent in Mississippi, so if we come together we can win championships."