Leader Emerges

Tre'Veon Nelson out of Hollandale Simmons is one of the more highly recruited players in the state of Mississippi for the class of 2016. Which school has emerged as the leader?

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"I like Ole Miss right now," Nelson said. "It's a good school. They are number one on my mind right now. I think it's the best school for me. I have been there a bunch, and I love it."

What stands out about the Rebels to give them the lead?

"I am just comfortable over there. I like how they practice, and I like coach (Derrick) Nix a lot. We have a great relationship. I just like the school, their campus, coaches, everything really. It's the right place for me. I'll be back over there this weekend to watch them practice."

Is there a possibility that Nero, as he is called by family and friends, could make a commitment this weekend on his visit to Ole Miss?

"No, that's not going to happen. I haven't even started my junior season yet. I'm not in that frame of mind. I want to play out my junior season before I commit anywhere."

Which schools have offered up to this point?

"Ole Miss was my first offer. They offered me at the start of my sophomore season. MSU offered me after that. They offered me in the spring. Florida State offered me this summer as did USM and Louisville."

The other SEC program within Mississippi is in second place right now.

"MSU would be next on my list. (Mississippi) State is a good school. I haven't been there much, but I did go over there last year for a game. It had a nice atmosphere."

Florida State likes his big play abilities.

"Coach (Jimbo) Fisher told me I have the ability to make big plays. He likes how I hustle to the ball. They think I have a high motor. I am going down there on September 19th to watch them play in a (football) game. I am going to try and get in as many games as I can this fall."

The 6' 1", 185-pound athlete had over 1,500 all-purpose yards this past season while being named the Class 2A Offensive Player of the Year. Nelson had 949 rushing yards and 831 receiving yards, but he might be spending his time on the other side of the ball in college.

"I feel like I can compete on both sides of the ball, but at the same time I think I can make some big plays on defense at strong safety. I make a lot of plays on defense that changes the game around."

This off season has been a successful one.

"I'm in the best shape of my life. I am bigger, stronger, and faster than I was last year. I put in a lot of hard work. I have to find ways to help my team out. We want to make it to State (championship game) this year. I think my footwork and speed have improved the most. I am running in the 4.4's consistently right now."

Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com

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