Nelson is a team player

Jerico Nelson (5'10, 198, 4.5) is one of the most versatile football players in the state of Louisiana. It does not matter if he is on offense or defense because he can do it all.

Last year while playing running back for Destrehan High School, Nelson racked up 1,069 yards with 15 touchdowns and on defense, while playing safety, he picked off 2 passes which made gave him 8 interceptions over the past two seasons.


There are four schools that stand out for Nelson. In no specific order he says they are "LSU, Miami, Alabama, and Florida".


Nelson recently had plans to make it to two camps, however he was only able to make it to one.


"I was supposed to go to the Florida camp, but some things came up and I was not able to make it," Nelson informed. "However, I did make it to the LSU camp last weekend."


Was LSU a good host?


"The camp went well and I had a lot of fun," Nelson explained. "LSU had been telling me they were recruiting me to play running back, but when I got to the camp they had me playing corner and safety."


How did Nelson feel about the change in plans?


"It didn't bother me any," said Nelson. "The coaches said they wanted to see what I could do on defense. I did pretty good. I picked off a few passes. At this point, I'm willing to play on either side of the ball at the next level."


Playing both sides of the ball gives Nelson an advantage.


"I feel like because I do play on both sides of the ball that sometimes I am a step ahead of my opponent because I can tell when they are shifting on defense and getting into different sets on offense," said Nelson. "So I kind of know what is coming my way before it happens."


Nelson had a friend that was pushing for his signature as well.


"I talked to my friend/teammate Timothy Molton (6'2.5, 180, 4.5, WR) and he just committed to LSU, so he was constantly telling me I should go there and things like that," Nelson laughed. "I think I am still going to wait until signing day though before I commit to anyone."


Nelson had already made trips to Miami and Florida so how did the LSU camp compare?


"I liked all of the camps about the same," Nelson answered. "They all had nice facilities which seemed to be pretty up to date and they also all have good football programs.


So what will ultimately affect his decision on signing day in February?


"There are two things that I am really looking at," said Nelson. "The first thing is, I want to go to a school that has a good football program and where they take it seriously.


"The other thing I feel strongly about is the coaching staff. I am going to pick the school that I am most comfortable with. I want to have a good relationship with the coaches and I want to play for coaches that aren't just about football all of the time. I want to play for the coaches that care about the team and education because I feel like I am a team player. I want to feel like the coaches care about the players as people and not just as football players."

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