A doctor told Videl Nelson to sit out the 40-yard dash at a scouting combine last weekend. His pride didn't allow it.
"He's just so darn competitive," Staley High (Kansas City) Coach Fred Bouchard said. "He just told us he wouldn't go full out."
Nelson, a Class of 2011 OLB/safety, posted a time of 4.51 seconds with a injured hamstring and jumped 9 feet, 11 inches in the standing broad jump.
"There's an awful lot of interest in Videl," Bouchard said. "He had a very good junior year."
"He's a tremendous player and a fine young man," Bouchard said. "I think he'd be a great asset for any program in college that's looking to find somebody that's athletic and talented with the kind of heart that makes him fun to coach."
Nelson's recruitment has been slowed by him moving midway through his high school career. He came to Kansas City from Killeen, Texas during the summer between his sophomore and junior years.
"His mom was deployed in the military last summer," Bouchard said. "It just so happened that his dad lives in our attendance area."
Bouchard said Nelson's training in Texas allowed him to easily transition to football up north.
"That's probably what's given him a faster learning curve to what we're exposing him to here," Bouchard said. "The grind didn't bother him at all. We work at probably a different rate than those folks. They know how to grind down there."
Bouchard said Nelson has built a good core GPA and is a solid student.
"He's a good kid with a great heart," the coach said. "His teammates voted him as a captain, which says a lot about him being as he moved in from Texas."
Staley plays a 3-4 defense and utilizes Nelson at outside linebacker.
"We put him on the right side and he's very good in coverage and in running to the ball," Bouchard said. "Opponents definitely need to identify him. He makes plays."