Texas CB Nelson fits LSU mold

LSU would like to sign a couple of top cornerbacks in the Class of 2006 and one player that fit's the mold of what the coaches are looking for is Jonathan Nelson of Arlington (Texas) Mansfield Summit.

Nelson has what every coach covets in today's day and age of football. A corner that is big, fast, strong, physical, athletic and has the ability to blanket receivers in man-to-man coverage.

At 6-foot, 180 pounds and with 4.4 speed, Nelson definitely has the size and speed. He has the strength of a linebacker with a 325-pound bench and a 455-pound squat mark. One thing he has that hardly any linebackers possess is a 40" vertical leap. Add all of those numbers together and what you come up with is an elite athlete.

Nelson did not get much action thrown his way last season because he has been a starter since his sophomore year and schools in his district knew what he could do. He still managed to pick off a pass and break up seven more in addition to posting 40 tackles.

LSU defensive line coach Karl Dunbar and defensive backs coach Doug Mallory are recruiting Nelson for the Tigers and they have made him one of their top targets in this class.

"We talk mainly about football for the most part," Nelson told Tiger Rag. "They say they like my feet and my hips and I have good size. They tell me I could get a lot of playing time early if I went there and how they need some corners."

Nelson has never been to LSU but he plans on seeing what the Tigers have to offer either on an unofficial visit this summer or during an official visit in the fall. He may not know a whole lot about the campus or the school but he knows he likes the current state of the football program.

"LSU has a really good team and is in need of a cornerback," he said. "That is every corner's dream to play for a team that needs corners and knows how to develop them. Coach Miles took Oklahoma State to a lot of bowl games and I hear that coach (Bo) Pellini is one of the best defensive coordinators in the country."

With close to 30 scholarship offers under his belt, Nelson claims that he wide open at this point and does not have a leader. He did, however, make it a point to say that LSU is a team he is keeping a close eye on.

"They are very high on my list," he said. "They have a lot of good things going for them and are very high on my list."

Along with being one of the top corners in Texas, Nelson is also an excellent student and projects as a full academic qualifier. He sports a 3.5 GPA and a 1,000 on the SAT so nothing to worry about on that front.

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