Nelson Has Strong Camp Showing

Nero Nelson is one of the top prospects in the state of Mississippi for the 2016 signing class. Tucked away at Hollandale-Simmons in the Mississippi delta, Nelson has emerged as a big time talent despite his small town surroundings. On Saturday, Nelson attended the final day of Mississippi State's June camp sessions and turned in a strong showing.


"I feel really good," Nelson said after Saturday's camp session. "I came and worked out for the first time this summer. This is the first camp I have been to. I just wanted to come out and compete, show out and show them what I am about. I just wanted to show them my skills and talent."

Nelson recorded the fastest 40 time of the day and one of the fastest times of the entire two weeks of camp sessions.

"The first time it was a 4.34," Nelson said. "They wanted me to run again and that time I ran a 4.21. I feel great about that, because I haven't run the 40 since my tenth grade year and that was a 4.5.

"After this track season, I just got faster. I just worked hard to get my time down and it worked out."

Speed and versatility is the name of the game for Nelson. The three star standout could help on either side of the ball and in the return game. On Saturday, he took the bulk of his reps under the watchful eye of Mississippi State wide receiver coach Billy Gonzales.

"It was good working with Coach G," Nelson said. "He taught me a lot of stuff. He talked to me about good route running and I just wanted to come out and make plays and show out."

Several schools have shown a serious level of interest in Nelson, with a handful extending scholarship offers.

"The main ones right now are Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Florida State," Nelson explained. "I don't really have a favorite right now. I am just keeping everybody even."

With a strong showing in Starkville now in the review mirror, Nelson plans to take a few more campus visits over the course of the summer to learn more about his college options.

"I have to go to Louisiana-Lafayette, Florida State and to see the Florida Gators," Nelson said. "I want to go to UCLA for a camp. I am thinking about going to Nebraska and Wisconsin."

Next month, Nelson plans to return to Starkville to take part in Mississippi State's Big Dawg camp. The talented Nelson plans to work out at both positions again to see where he would fit should he elect to commit to the Bulldogs.

"They like me at both," Nelson said of his projected position. "I can play either one. I like playing receiver and DB."

Nelson reports that he plans to take his time and make his college decision after his senior campaign. Simmons High had a big year last fall and Nelson expects the squad to pick up where they left off.

"I am expecting another big season," Nelson said. "Hopefully this year, we can make it to state. Last year we were one game away. This time we hope we can pull through and win the state championship."


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