Recruiting: Nelson Is Newest Cowboy Commit

When you see the stats from last season for Oklahoma State's newest verbal commitment you might be wondering what the attraction is. After watching tape and checking into the results of a recent combine in Frisco, Texas, it is quite apparent that Oklahoma State has a commitment from a player in wide receiver Montra Nelson of Arlington (Bowie), Texas, that is only going to grow in stature.

By the time recruiting is over for the 2010 class the Cowboys and area recruiter Doug Meacham will be watching closely over Nelson to make sure other schools keep their distance. His high school head coach Kenny Perry is very high on Nelson.

Last season starting at slot receiver for an area champion and talent laden team (12 college signees and five Division I signees) Nelson had nine receptions for 93 yards and five carries for 38 yards and two touchdowns.

Nelson committed Sunday night after spending Saturday in Stillwater at Oklahoma State's Junior Day with his parents.

"OSU was one of the schools that I was looking at, one of my choices from the beginning," said Nelson, who also had scholarship offers from Kansas and TCU.

"Everybody, the coaches and the players, made me feel at home. After getting back and thinking about it I just felt it was the best place for me. The facilities are real nice and the coaching staff is great. The whole surroundings made me feel at home."

In doing more research on Nelson, the 6-3, 215-pounder has 4.6 speed. In watching tape he is really good with the ball in his hands and he had several strong highlights coming back to the middle from the slot on the tunnel screen.

This season he will also play outside at receiver and told us that is the plan for him at Oklahoma State to be both a slot and wide receiver. Coach Perry also shows how valuable Nelson is in that he will also take snaps at quarterback. One of the talents we saw on tape that impressed us is Nelson's blocking ability. He really gets into defenders instead of just trying to set a screen.

"Yes, that is one of the things our coaches stress for receivers," said Nelson. "You are a blocker first and then a receiver. I have an advantage on corners and most safeties in that I am bigger and more physical than they are."

He is physical with a 275-pound max on the bench press and a 365-pound best on the squat. He also has a very stout 36-inch vertical jump. Recently, he won the Maxwell Award for being the top performer at Football University, a local combine put on by eight current or former NFL players at Legacy High School in Frisco, Texas.

Nelson used to play basketball but now just runs some track. His track events are 100 meters and long jump.

You also have to like the extra work he puts in as Nelson does extra training with a strength coach several nights a week. He is a good student and should have no difficulty qualifying.

Nelson is the third Oklahoma State verbal commitment in the 2010 class, joining talented quarterbacks Johnny Deaton of Sand Springs, Okla., and Nathan Sorenson of Texarkana, Texas, who along with his parents was at the Junior Day on Saturday.

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