Nelson's first verbal offer came earlier this season from Rutgers, where he has been a frequent visitor.
"I love Rutgers," Nelson said. "I love going up there. I love their facilities and everything. I haven't been up to B.C. yet, so I can't really compare the two or say anything good about them."
Nelson has been to Rutgers multiple times since becoming a recruit and said he feels comfortable on the campus.
"I watched Rutgers growing up my whole life, so I'd say they're pretty familiar," he said. "I like their facilities a lot. I really like the Hale Center. You have everything you need there. You have the weight room, trainers, a dining room, academics, everything you want in there. It's awesome."
A key factor for Rutgers in recruiting Nelson will be his relationship with offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski. Wroblewski took over the recruitment of Nelson when he joined the staff and left a strong impression on the Red Bank lineman.
"I love him," Nelson said. "I really like his coaching and the way he does things and the way he's patient with the players. There is a lot of respect there."
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound big man plays on both sides of the line for Red Bank Catholic and has not been told his projected college position by any of the schools recruiting him.
"I think Rutgers wants me to play offense because when we talk, it's always with Coach Wrobo and not so much the d-line coach," he said. "... I would rather play defense. I really like defense, but I don't care what I play. I just want to play."
Nelson added a Boston College offer two weeks ago when the program stopped by Red Bank Catholic.
"It was really exciting. Boston College is a big ACC school," he said. "Hopefully that will open up a couple more doors for me and get some more offers. It's a good school."
Teammates with 2013 defensive tackle prospect Josh Klecko, Nelson said a lot of his early interest is thanks to colleges dropping by to check out his teammate.
"A bunch of coaches watch Josh and it gives me the opportunity to be seen with him," Nelson said. "I'm really thankful for that because it's helping me get notices. Josh is a great player."