"I signed on Thursday," said Nelson. "I had four offers. Valley, UABP, Murray State and Southeastern LA all offered me. Valley is close to home and I get to play with a former teammate Chico Potts. He was a standout at Gentry."
During the recruiting process, Nelson got the chance to bond with his future coach and mentor.
"I like Coach (Sean)Woods a lot," said Derrius. "He is a real good guy and I think I have the chance to play a lot. He played at Kentucky and then he was an assistant at TCU. He knows the game. I am looking forward to playing for him."
Nelson had a good season for the Rangers of Northwest Community college last season, but this season Northwest will be without his services.
"It was a good experience," said Derrius of his time at Northwest. "It prepared me to play at the next level. I had a good time and I learned a lot. I played last year, but this year I am going to redshirt. I will have three years to play three at Valley.