Destrehan's Nelson has an offer

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 belt.

"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 soon."

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 brothers."

Auburn—"I went 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 nice."

Arkansas—"I 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 was."

Ole Miss—"I've been knowing Frank (Wilson) since 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 out."

Nelson will be making his way to New Orleans this weekend for the All-American Combine and then his focus will shift to spring practice.

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 it."

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