There's A New CB To Track In The DMV

There’s another class of 2016 talent to track in Maryland’s backyard, and this multi-offer cornerback recently arrived at a local high school power. Brenton Nelson, who spent his first two years at Winter Springs High just outside of Orlando, Fla., transferred to DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) right after the New Year.

There’s another class of 2016 talent to track in Maryland’s backyard, and this multi-offer cornerback recently arrived at a local high school power. Brenton Nelson, who spent his first two years at Winter Springs High just outside of Orlando, Fla., transferred to DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) right after the New Year.

“Basically what happened is my mom decided to move to Maryland where my aunt lives, and she’s in the process of selling our house in Florida and coming up here,” Nelson said. “I’m currently living with my aunt, and she’s actually the one who told us about DeMatha. I didn’t know anything about [the Stags] before she told me about the history and tradition there, and how she had a friend who knew the coach there [DeMatha head coach Elijah Brooks].

“So I decided to come to DeMatha, and it’s an awesome school and a great history. I’m fitting in well with everyone, and everyone has been very welcoming.”

The Stags will certainly welcome the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Nelson to their already-loaded secondary. Nelson comes in boasting more than a half-dozen offers from the likes of Kentucky, Virginia, Wisconsin, Louisville, FAU, USF and Marshall. Meanwhile, programs such as Penn State and Michigan State could be on the verge of anteing up.

“Right now I’d say, of the offers I have, Kentucky is my No. 1,” Nelson said. “I visited down there and had a real good feeling. It was a real good vibe at Kentucky from the staff and just the direction of the program. So they’re real high for me right now. After that, I’d say UVA and Wisconsin have caught my eye a little.”

Nelson, though, is pining for offers from the Nittany Lions and Spartans.

“I was at Penn State for the junior day and I’ve been in touch with their coaches. I’m going to work hard for that offer; that’s one I’d like to have,” Nelson said. “Same with Michigan State. The coaches there are telling me to keep working and they’ll stay in touch.”

Kentucky and PSU are the only two trips he’s taken this offseason, and he plans to return to State College, Pa., for a spring practice. Nelson has no others visit set in stone but said since he’s now in the DMV he wants to check out nearby programs such as UVA and Maryland. MSU is on the radar as well, both for a visit and a camp.

“I really haven’t heard from Maryland yet, but maybe since I’m at DeMatha now I’ll start to,” Nelson said. “Honestly, I really don’t know much about [the Terps] since I’ve been living in Florida. I’ll probably get over there for a visit though to see what they’re all about. I’d be interested in doing that.”

Nelson did say he’s aware two of his new teammates, D.J. Turner and LoLo Harrison, are Terps commits.

“You know, D.J. has talked about the Terps and from what he says it sounds like a good school,” Nelson said. “And, I mean, if guys like D.J. and LoLo like the program it must be pretty good. So we’ll see what happens [with Maryland] and if they get in touch with me. I’m open to checking out what they’re about.”

The DeMatha corner does not plan to select his school until after his senior year, so there is time for other program to get involved.

Nelson is coming off a sophomore season at Winter Springs where he recorded two interceptions for a squad that finished 4-6.

“I consider myself an all-around corner,” Nelson said. “I played both press and zone and I feel like I did well with both. But I just want to keep improving in all areas and just try to help [DeMatha] as best I can.”

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