Nelson's Eyes Opened By Official Visit

Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.) offensive lineman Derrick Nelson has been to Rutgers multiple times since his verbal commitment, but his official visit this weekend was completely different. Nelson, who verbally committed to Rutgers over the summer, spoke with about his visit.

As a recruit, Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.) offensive lineman Derrick Nelson spent most of his time at Rutgers with wide receivers coach P.J. Fleck, who recruits his area.

On his official visit, however, Nelson put in quality time with offensive line coach Kyle Flood and came away with a glowing impression.

"Coach Flood is great," Nelson said. "He's a great teacher. I'm not saying coach, but he's a great teacher. He's a great coach also, but he teaches the game so well. We actually spent a long time talking about pro-style offense. We watched the film from the North Carolina and Rutgers game."

Flood and Nelson spent one-on-one time in the film room and Nelson said he came away with a great understanding of the type of player he could be at Rutgers.

"The whole thing was a great teaching experience," Nelson said. "It was great. He's brilliant about it. I'm so naïve about some of this stuff. He has a great way of teaching it to me. He takes the time. He has the patience to make sure I'm understanding everything."

Pennsylvania offensive lineman Taj Alexander hosted Nelson on the official visit. Alexander moved from defensive to offensive tackle during training camp.

"Taj is a really cool guy," said Nelson, who comes in expecting to play guard next season. "He plays tackle and the thing is that I could be playing next to him next year or later on. It was good to get to know him."

Nelson said he put in work as a recruiter along with a focus on his personal enjoyment of the weekend.

"I hung out with Ian Thomas a lot," Nelson said. "He's uncommitted, and we definitely want to change that. I think he had a really good time. Me and Coach Fleck both were spending a lot of time with him."

Nelson's favorite part of the weekend? New York.

"The New York trip was great," Nelson said. "The lights, the skyscrapers, they just felt wonderful. Doing that with my teammates was great. Other than New York, just getting to meet all the guys was great for me. I made some great friends."

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