Incoming Irish: Quenton Nelson

Offensive tackle Quenton Nelson talks about heading to Notre Dame tomorrow and why he's "alright" enrolling at 315 pounds.

Tomorrow (Thursday), Quenton Nelson and his parents will fly from New Jersey to northern Indiana to begin settling Quenton into his new life as a Notre Dame student-athlete.

"I'm just excited," Nelson said. "There are some nerves there, too, but I think that's a good thing."

Nelson, who is known for being a workout warrior in the weight room and otherwise, focused on the workouts that Notre Dame provided him this offseason.

"It was great," Nelson said. "I did everything that Coach (Paul) Longo told me to do. I think I'll be coming into Notre Dame as best prepared as a I possibly can for what's up ahead."

"The running aspect of the packet was the hardest," Nelson said. "I was already familiar with the lifting style, so I knew how to do the explosive lifts when I was (power) cleaning. I have been working out with a strength and conditioning coach since my sophomore year, and he has really prepared me well."

The 6-foot-5, 315-pound lineman hesitated when asked if he's happy with that current weight.

"I would like to be lighter, but it's alright," Nelson said. "The coaches don't care so much about weight as long as you are in shape, and I'm in shape, so that's the main thing. I would like to be around 310."

Nelson said the game he is most looking forward to in 2014 is Florida State.

"Notre Dame has some great rivalries with some fantastic teams," Nelson said. "USC, Stanford, Michigan... but this year, I'm most excited about playing the defending national champions."

Speaking of defending champs, Nelson was glued to the TV on Tuesday night for game three of the NBA Finals.

"I hate LeBron," Nelson said. "He's a big baby. I'm really pulling for the Spurs."

Nelson and fellow offensive lineman Sam Mustipher will room together this summer at Notre Dame.

"Yeah, Sam just sent me a text about it," Nelson said. "That's awesome, he's a really great guy."

Nelson reports to Notre Dame as a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 4 offensive tackle in the class of 2014. Top Stories