RECRUITING: Tampa, Fla. FS loves to hit

Florida's top safety prospect says the Sooners still have a shot


Nelson is a tremendously gifted athlete that college recruiters love because they know he could also grow into an outside linebacker. However, for the most part Nelson is regarded as one of the top free safety prospects in the country and certainly one of the most physical linebackers in the country.

"I would rather hit somebody than cover somebody," said Nelson. "I realize that I do have to cover receivers and I do that well. I don't feel I lose anything when it comes to covering receivers, but if they catch the ball on me then I am going to knock them out."

Nelson has been so dominant that he has started since his freshman year. What is interesting about Nelson is that he has started at linebacker the past three years, including his freshman season at 145 pounds.

"I don't mind the fact that college coaches want to move me to free safety," said Nelson. "I can play the position and I just want to play wherever they want to play me."

Nelson had an incredible junior season finishing 222 tackles and four interceptions. Nelson can bench 245 pounds, squats 360, but he has spent the summer trying to get stronger. Nelson is a national recruit who has been offered by just about every school in the country.

"I don't have a favorite at this point, but I am considering a number of schools," said Nelson. "I like Florida State, Florida and Miami, but I always rooted for Florida State growing up. However, I am not sure if I will stay in-state or not. I am also considering LSU and I have an outside interest in OU, but I would have to say they are a longshot right now."

Nelson has not qualified at press time.

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