Steve Robertson - Genespage.com

Long time Mississippi State commitment Nero Nelson is eager to join the Bulldog program next season.

Shortly after leading Hollandale-Simmons High School to a state championship, Nero Nelson signed with Mississippi State. Before Nelson could make the move to Starkville official, he had to take the scenic route through the Mississippi Junior College system. With a season under his belt at Co-Lin, Nelson is eager to get back to work and join the Bulldogs next spring.

"When I first got to Co-Lin, it was kind of hard," Nelson "I had to get used to being here and get used to playing against players who were a lot bigger and stronger than me. I made the adjustment and I feel like I had a pretty good year last year."

Nelson reeled in 22 passes for 326 yards and three touchdowns during his freshman campaign in Wesson. The fleet footed standout also aided in the Wolfpack return game with ten kickoff returns with an average of 21.9 yards per return and five punt returns with an average of 26.2 yard per return. 

Firmly committed to Mississippi State, Nelson has an idea of how he will be used on the next level, but reports that he is open to whatever fills a team need.

"They have always recruited me as a DB (defensive back), but I like the ball in my hands too," Nelson said. "I think I might play DB and have a few plays on offense too. I know I want to return kicks. I feel like that is one of my strengths. I have always been able to do that."

This time next year, the talented Nelson plans to be preparing for his first spring practice sessions in the Maroon and White of Mississippi State. A quartet of former Wolfpack teammate are already enrolled in Starkville, Tommy Champion, Jaquarious Landrews, Deion Pope and Montez Sweat.

Nelson reports that a pair of those friends have been providing him with the inside scoop.

"I talk to Pope and Landrews about everything," Nelson said. "They told me that it's a lot like what we did together here. They told me that it's a lot of work and that you have to come in ready to go. They like it up there and they were telling me that they are ready for me to get up there with them."

Before Nelson can join the roster at Mississippi State, he has some pressing business to handle in a Co-Lin uniform.

"It's been nice having some time off from the shoulder pads, but it's almost time to go back to work," Nelson said. "This is my first spring here, so I am not sure what to expect. I am ready though. I feel like I am a lot more prepared for everything this year. I think we're going to have a good year this year.  I know I am ready to put the shoulder pads back on and get ready for the season."

Nelson is one of six verbal commitment for the Mississippi State 2018 class. Nelson is on track to graduate in December and reports that he is not communicating with other college coaches at the present time. 


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