College coaches will be making their rounds around Louisiana this spring to get a look at the top prospects for 2008 and one place they will want to make a stop at is Destrehan High School.
The Wildcats have four players on
the offensive side of the ball that already have D-I offers and Jerico Nelson is
one of them.
Nelson, a 5-11, 195 pound running
back with 4.6 speed, led his squad in rushing as a junior with 1,069 yards and
14 scores on 164 carries.
The recruiting game is starting to
get hectic for the standout back and he has three early offers under his
"Miami, Louisiana Tech and Ole Miss are my three
offers so far," Nelson said. "Auburn, Tulane, Arkansas, Alabama, LSU and Florida
are recruiting me pretty good and said they will be coming by
Out of the schools that have
offered and that are showing the strongest interest, Nelson said that five are
jumbled up at the top of his list.
"I really like all of the schools
right now but my top ones would be Miami,
Arkansas, Auburn, LSU and Ole Miss.," he
said. "I don't have a favorite because one morning I wake up and I like Miami
and then the next day I talk to a coach or get something from another school and
then I like them."
While Nelson is not ready to name
a leader each school in his top five stand out for different reasons.
Miami—"I like their style of play
and when I went up there for a football camp everyone on the team was like
to their junior day and I like how the coaches were over there and how they
treated you. I got to look at their facilities too and they were real
really never visited Arkansas but when I watched them on TV I liked
what they did with their running backs. If they can make them that good then I
figure they can do the same with me."
LSU—"I went to all of their camps
and I talk to coach (Larry) Porter (running backs coach) a lot. They compare me
to Joseph Addai and tell me that I can be the same type of player he
Ole Miss—"I've been knowing Frank
my freshman year when I was at John Curtis and I've been keeping in touch with
him for a long time. I haven't been there but I plan on going to check them
Nelson will be making his way to
New Orleans this
weekend for the Scout.com All-American Combine and then his focus will shift to
After that he will hit the road
this summer to take in a few camps.
"I'm going to go to a camp at
Miami, LSU and
Louisiana Tech," he said. "I may go to one or two more but right now those are