"It's another great offer to add to my list, and another school I'd like to check out."
Nelson has a top five that includes, in no particular order, West Virginia, Wake Forest, Wisconsin, Louisville and the Illini. He has some other favorite schools as well.
"I am also interested in Pitt and Rutgers, among others."
The future Communications major knows what he wants in a college.
"A good education, a depth chart that needs tackles and the quality of the coaching staff."
The 6'-2", 320 pounder has assets that make him a three-star prospect according to Scout.
"I am aggressive, I have good hands and good technique."
Nelson is pleased his Illinois recruiting coach is Keith Gilmore.
"I think he's a great coach, and he is also a d-line coach, which helps out a lot."
Nelson's Plantation, Florida, team had mixed results in 2011, but he had a solid year.
"We went 5-5. I had 10 sacks and nine forced fumbles."
He is pointing to 2012 for team glory.
"We feel like a state championship team."
When does he hope to make his college decision?
"More than likely in the fall."