D.C. Offensive Lineman Gets Rutgers Offer

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano handed out an offer to offensive lineman Derrick Nelson of Archbishop Carroll High (Washington, D.C.) at the end of his performance at today's big man camp. It is Nelson's sixth offer, and he spoke to ScarletReport.com about it, what he learned while on the Rutgers campus and what it was like to learn from Scarlet Knights offensive line coach Kyle Flood.

Archbishop Carroll High (Washington, D.C.) offensive lineman Derrick Nelson made the long drive to Rutgers to compete at Saturday's Big Man camp, and the drive was worth it.

After excelling at left guard while showcasing his athleticism and strength, the 6-foot-4, 285-pound Nelson left Rutgers with his sixth offer.

Nelson was made aware of the offer during a meeting with Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano.

"It was eye-to-eye. He told me I have the offer," Nelson said. "Seeing the facilities, talking to a couple of guys on the staff, it was great. It was very nice. That was my first time seeing the whole facility. I was up there before, but I didn't see it like that before."

Nelson already held offers from Delaware, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Syracuse and Tulane, but the excitement of getting another is not lost.

"I'm always thrilled when I get a new offer, but I was a lot happier once I saw the facilities and talked to a couple of players," Nelson said. "It's a very fun, family-oriented place. Everybody is cool with each other, everybody is happy. It was a lot better than I expected, way better than I expected."

That isn't to say Nelson didn't have high expectations going into the camp, but he was impressed with the overall package of the coaching staff, the facilities and the atmosphere encompassing the program.

Nelson also enjoyed being instructed by offensive line coach Kyle Flood.

"He's amazing," Nelsons said. "He helped me with my technique and all. I felt real comfortable with him coaching me. It was pretty cool. I really like him."

Nelson began the camp at left tackle, but quickly move to left guard at the request of the coaching staff.

"The competition was pretty tough," Nelsons said. "They wanted me at left guard, and I pretty much killed it. I talked to (Schiano), and he said, ‘There were two things that I liked; the strength that you had and that you were athletic and sudden.' That means I was very reactive with my movements.

"The other thing he said is I need to work on my technique because I'm a little sloppy."

The only other camp Nelson is slated to attend is today at Boston College, but the Scarlet Knights' staff talked to him about returning.

"They were open about saying they want you to come up with my family and see how your vibe is, and how your family vibe is," Nelson said. "They want to see where the family is at, where my mom and dad are at."


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