Nelson lists Irish in top 3

Daytona Beach (Fla.) Seabreeze athlete Charles Nelson talks about his offer from Notre Dame, his top three and his first official visit coming up in less than a month.

Notre Dame has two wide receiver commits in the 2014 class, a duo of four-stars in Justin Brent and Corey Holmes. Plus, another, Isaiah McKenzie is on board pending test scores. However, Notre Dame isn't done trying to add wideouts in this recruiting cycle. One of the offers extended during the Irish's second bye week was to Daytona Beach (Fla.) Seabreeze athlete, Charles Nelson.

"Coach (Scott) Booker called and talked with me a couple weeks ago," Nelson said. "He told me he wanted to come down to Florida and see me in person. After he saw me, Notre Dame offered last week. Since then, we talk every other day, which is nice because I know they're serious about wanting me."

"Coach Booker called me a game-changer, and he really likes my speed," Nelson added, who has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.39 seconds. "They like me for wide receiver and as a returner. To me, I don't have a preference what I play. Wherever the coaches need me."

Nelson, specifically being recruited for slot by the Irish at 5-foot-9, has also pulled in offers from USC and Florida within the last month. Both the Gators and Trojans are recruiting Nelson for wide receiver as well.

"It's been very exciting," Nelson said. "These offers sort of came out of nowhere. You get one really big offer, and they start coming in more freely."

Nelson tore his left ACL last November, leaving college coaches wondering how well he would recover.

"I tried to put all those questions about my injury to rest this season," Nelson said. "The goal was to have a better season than last year, and I think I did that."

Nelson said the plan right now is to announce his decision on National Signing Day. His three favorites include perhaps the three most prestigious programs on his offer list.

"Notre Dame is way up there," Nelson said. "Them, Florida and USC are my top three."

Nelson took an unofficial visit to Florida this season for the Gators' loss to Vanderbilt.The only official visit he has planned so far is to Notre Dame.

"I'm headed to Notre Dame the weekend of December 13,14 and 15," Nelson said. "I'm excited to get up there. I'm not sure if I'll take an official to USC. I want to see how their coaching staff situation shakes out. If it comes down to it, I'll take an official to Florida, but I have already seen them."

For Nelson, academics will be at the forefront of his mind throughout his decision-making process.

"Education is the main thing," Nelson said. "I want a place that will help me when football ends, somewhere that will help me get a job. Also, how the team plays is important, if they play together."

Nelson credits his play-making ability as his primary strength.

"I make things happen," he said. "I get the ball in my hands and make plays. I use my natural abilities in the best ways I know how."

Nelson plays running back, defensive back and return man for Seabreeze. He is a three-star prospect and ranked as the No. 98 running back in the class of 2014.

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