The Maryland staff offered Langston Hughes (Fairburn, Ga.) receiver Sean Nelson back in February, and, finally, the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder will have an opportunity to visit College Park, Md. Nelson has been pining to check out UMD for the last couple months, and on April 22 he and his coach intend to fly up for a weekend trip.
“I’ve been itching to get up to Maryland, for sure,” said Nelson, who holds offers from UMD, Illinois, Georgia Southern, Troy, Toledo, Miami of Ohio, West Virginia, Arizona, Arkansas State and Western Kentucky. “Maryland is like one of my top schools right now. I love it, and I love what I’ve heard. From what I’ve seen online and heard from the coaches, it sounds like a great place. I can give you a better idea after I visit, but it’s a school I like a lot right now.”
Nelson added his Terps’ offer courtesy of UMD-area recruiter Mike London in mid-February. Since then, London, along with Maryland graduate assistant Brawley Evans, have been in touch.
“I’ve mainly been talking to Coach Brawley and Coach London. We had a long conversation the day I was offered, and then we’ve been talking on Twitter and things the last couple months,” Nelson said. “We’ve built a real good relationship, and I think both those guys are great. I’ve heard a little from the other coaches there, but Coach London and Coach Brawley are the main ones. They’re told me the like my film, they like me as a player, and like me as a person. Mainly now they ask how I’m doing and things like that. It’s real cool with them.”
The Georgia wideout said he has not heard much from offensive coordinator Walt Bell, although he is privy to the coach’s offensive system. Nelson said he loves the idea of playing in an up-tempo spread.
“I actually didn’t know Coach Bell from before [when Bell was at Arkansas State], but Coach Brawley told me about him and the offense,” Nelson said. “It sounds like a really good system, and I’ll learn more about it when I get up there.
“Mainly, though, the Maryland coaches have spent their time getting to know me as a person and haven’t given a ton of details about the school yet. It’s mainly about building the relationship right now.”
Even so, Nelson has done his share of research. He said Maryland as a university has much to offer him.
“It’s a great education at Maryland, which is important. Maryland is not strictly all about sports,” Nelson said. “If, god forbid, something happens to me and I can’t continue my football career, I need something to fall back on, and I know Maryland will provide me with a great degree. Also, I know the founder of Under Armour [Kevin Plank] went there and Maryland is huge into Under Armour. That’s big too, just all that [the UA connections] provides. And, you know, Maryland’s in the Big Ten and they’re on TV every week. That’s always a good thing (laughs).”
Before Nelson visits College Park, though, he’ll be heading to Mississippi State. The Bulldogs’ staff hasn’t offered yet, but they are showing interest.
“[Mississippi State] offered my teammate, Josh Brown, so I’m going over there with him. The coaches there have been talking to me too, so we’ll see if they offer once I get there,” Nelson said. “They’ve been talking to me some about safety.”
Nelson is unsure where he’s heading after Mississippi State and Maryland, but said he’d “definitely” be checking out a few other campuses this spring/summer. He has West Virginia and Georgia Southern in mind, along with any other programs that might ante up during the evaluation period.
“Right now I’d say the schools I’m in touch with the most are Maryland, Tulane, Georgia Southern, South Alabama, Troy and a couple others,” said Nelson, who has previously visited Troy, Georgia (no offer) and Tennessee (no offer). “But we’ll see if things pick up [recruiting wise] this spring and summer. I haven’t been big on traveling around a lot yet, but I’ll be getting out there and we’ll see what happens after that.”
The Langston Hughes product admitted he’d love to procure looks from UGA, LSU and Tennessee, but also said he’s content with what he has on the table.
“I like the offers I have so far,” Nelson said. “But I’ll take the process step by step. I’m in no rush; I’m being patient.”
The Georgian does not intend to commit until mid-fall or after his senior season. He said he’d like to take a couple official visits before ending his recruitment.
“This is the next four, five years of my life,” Nelson said. “So I have to make sure the school I choose is the right one. I don’t want to rush into anything.”