Nelson Excited For Next Challenge

RED BANK, N.J. -- Four-star offensive tackle and Notre Dame commit Quenton Nelson is ready to help his Red Bank Catholic teammates to the next step in the state playoffs.

How much has Notre Dame commit Quenton Nelson and his Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic teammates closed the gap with one of the top teams in the state in the last year?

The answer will come Saturday.

Red Bank Catholic plays one of the nation's top teams, St. Joseph-Montvale (N.J.) High, in the non-public Group III playoffs and a scenario that looks eerily similar to 2012.

Red Bank Catholic, like a year ago, rolled through an undefeated regular season and blistered Somerville (N.J.) Immaculata by 28 points in the first round of the playoffs. It matched the Casey's smallest margin of victory this season, but that was also a similar path in 2012, and the Casey's lost by 35 points at St. Joseph-Montvale.

"Myself and some of the seniors went up and watched them play Paramus (N.J.) Catholic," Nelson said. "We saw a lot of their tendencies. We still have a lot more scouting to do but I watched my film from last year and I've improved on my defense a lot against the double team, but they have a very good offensive line and they play well as unit. I'm going to use my technique and hopefully it will work."

Nelson, a four-star offensive tackle, is heading to Notre Dame to play on the offensive line, and while he is important to the Casey's defense, he is dominant on offense.

In the pummeling of Immaculata, Nelson was physical and explosive. He buried the opposing defensive lineman time and again and also was athletic and quick getting to the second level as Red Bank Catholic ran for 271 yards (9.3 ypc) and rushed for four touchdowns.

"I thought I did a fantastic job," he said. "I was very good in getting my hands in and driving my feet and pushing kids back, and sealing people. I thought I played really well, and we have some great coaches at RBC and they've been helping me improve my game."

Plenty of chatter outside of the Nelson family has been going on with the status of his commitment, but he said after the Immaculata win there was no reason for Irish fans to be concerned.

"I'm so excited to be committed there," he said. "I can't wait to get there and work with coach Heistand. All the commits there are awesome kids and they want to get a great education on top of playing great football. I can't wait to go to Notre Dame."

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