After spending two days on campus, Nelson felt a different kind of attachment to the Irish.
The Scout 300 offensive tackle, who is 6-foot-5, 290 pounds, hit it off well with the coaching staff, particularly offensive line coach Harry Heistand, and the players.
"He likes coach H. He had a great time," Red Bank Catholic coach Jim Portela said. "He liked the coach a lot, and he liked the place a lot. Notre Dame is a special place and he was very impressed by it."
Nelson holds approximately three dozen offers, and this was his second weekend of traveling to campuses to visit schools and watch spring practice.
At Notre Dame, he paid careful attention to how the offensive line worked.
"He liked the tempo of the practice and the excitement around there," Portela said. "He liked the campus. He liked the kids that he met. He had a great feeling about Notre Dame."
Nelson and his family met with Irish coach Brian Kelly as well, and it was made clear to him that an offer was extended, and he would be a welcomed addition to the Irish.
"He was thrilled to death that they offered," Portela said. "To be honest, Quenton, myself and his family would have been surprised if he left there without an offer, but it's still exciting to get it. Coach Kelly put some time aside to offer him, and that was great."
After those visits, Portela said, Nelson's list could be trimmed or he could look to make other visits.
"I think he has a list of criteria he's looking for," Portela said. "He wants good academics, an opportunity to play at a high level, play sooner rather than later. I think he's looking for a place where he feels at home."