"They said they like me a lot," said Nelson. "They said come there and I could be their starting quarterback."
Nelson, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound dual-threat quarterback from Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville, recently included North Carolina among his final five schools.
"I like them," said Nelson. "I like their offense and I like the campus when I went down there. Their coaches, they will keep you focused on school – I like that."
Iowa, Wisconsin, Syracuse, and Marshall round out the remaining schools on Nelson's favorites list.
Nelson stayed in Chapel Hill for two days over the summer for the Tar Heels' camp. Among the many things Nelson learned during his trip, he realized the eight-hour distance was not going to be a negative factor.
"It isn't about me being close to home," said Nelson. "I'm just trying to get an education and play football."
Before making his final decision, Nelson plans to take official visits after his senior football season. UNC figures to be among those visits, but needs to make up some ground as Nelson already claims a leader.
"Iowa is my leader," said Nelson. "I like the coaching staff and two of their quarterbacks are juniors."
A three-year starter, Nelson threw for 1,600 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior despite missing five games due to injury.
Nelson is a Scout.com three-star recruit and the 20th ranked prospect in the state of Ohio.
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