Nelson Scores Big Ten Offers

See which high-profile conference teams (and other schools) are after the offensive lineman from New Jersey.

It's not often that recruits can anticipate an offer coming their way.

But that wasn't the case for Red Band (N.J.) Catholic offensive lineman Quenton Nelson. The Class of 2014 prospect thought an offer from Penn State would be in the mix after a conversation with Penn State offensive line coach Mac McWhorter last week.

Nelson messaged McWhorter, his recruiting coach, over the weekend informing him that Red Bank head coach Jim Portela was preparing film of Red Bank's first two games. But McWhorter said that Nelson's evaluation was already done.

Then came Monday morning, when Portela informed his 6-foot-5, 293-pound left tackle of the news: the Nittany Lions joined Boston College, Old Dominion, Rutgers -- and as of late Monday night, Ohio State -- as programs to verbally offer him.

“It means a lot to me, even if I sort of expected it,” Nelson said Monday afternoon. “Penn State is a great school.”

Despite NCAA sanctions, Nelson said that Penn State is still in the mix for him.

“Penn State is absolutely a school I would still consider,” he said. “Coach Bill O'Brien is going to get them going in the right direction. I really like Coach O'Brien, I think he's great.”

Nelson was noticed by the Nittany Lions during one of Penn State's Advanced Skill Camps in June, and quickly gained the attention of Penn State's staff. Red Bank is 2-0 thus far, and the Caseys offensive scheme fits well into Nelson's strengths.

“I love to run-block, and that's pretty much all we do is run,” Nelson said. “We're a ground and pound team.”

Though he doesn't have any unofficial visits set in stone yet, Nelson said he would like to attend games at Boston College and Penn State this season, as well as one or two other schools he has yet to determine.

Nelson does know, though, that academics will be a heavy focus when deciding which schools he will focus in on.

“Academics and APR (Academic Progress Rate) will both be very important in terms of what I look for in a school, and so too will be getting along with my position coach and head coach, and the relationship I can build with them,” Nelson said.

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