Langston Hughes (Fairburn, Ga.) receiver Sean Nelson added a couple initial Division I offers earlier this winter, but his recruitment reached the power-five level Feb. 13. That’s when Maryland assistant Mike London let the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder know the Terps’ offensive staff loved Nelson’s game and wanted to offer him a chance to play in the Big Ten.
“Maryland was my first big offer, and it’s something I’ve been waiting for for awhile now,” said Nelson, who previously claimed Western Kentucky and Arkansas State verbals. “I’ve been working and grinding, just hoping for that big one, and it finally happened. I was honored, and Maryland is definitely a school I’m going to be looking at now.”
Nelson said he and London had been exchanging messages on Twitter, and Feb. 13 the wideout ended up calling the coach. The two had their first full conversation, the defensive line coach letting the recruit know he had a full scholarship from Maryland.
“Coach London said the Maryland coaches liked how I went up and got the ball, they loved my film, and they thought I could help the program,” Nelson said. “And I liked Coach London a lot too just from talking to him. He’s a cool guy and easy to talk to. I want to get to know him more in the future.”
Nelson doesn’t have any direct connections to UMD, nor has he ever traveled that far north before. But the Georgian has already said he’ll be visiting College Park, Md., at some point during March.
“I’m getting up there for a practice for sure. I’ve already talked it over with my parents,” Nelson said. “I might even get to the spring game too, but I’m not sure yet. It’s just a school I’m really interested in. The education is excellent, for one. They’re one of the top schools in the country for academics. And the football program has a very good staff now, and I want to meet them.”
Nelson’s knowledge of the Terps right now consists of what he’s gleaned from television. He said he’s seen Maryland play a number of times, and “the uniforms are real nice. I like the Under Armour jerseys a lot.”
The Langston Hughes prospect hasn’t taken any visits yet, but plans to start in March following basketball season. He said he’s mainly looking for a school with a good environment, coaches he can relate to, players he can easily interact with, and solid academics.
“I’m not looking for one offer in particular, though,” said Nelson, who has been hearing from Marshall and Tulane. “I’m just looking forward to seeing what comes in next. I’ll go wherever it’s the best fit for me. Location really isn’t a big factor for me.”
Nelson is coming off a season where he recorded 36 receptions for 700 yards and four touchdowns.