18 in 18: OL Derrick Nelson

The first series of incoming freshmen have arrived at Rutgers and Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.) offensive lineman Derrick Nelson is one of them. Continuing our "18 in 18" series, ScarletReport.com spoke with Nelson before he moved to Rutgers this weekend.

For Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.) offensive lineman Derrick Nelson, the wait is over. One of three incoming freshmen to arrive at Rutgers over Memorial Day weekend to begin classes, Nelson has an extra month in the program to get used to college life before beginning training camp.

Before moving to Rutgers, Nelson spoke with ScarletReport.com about the events ahead and struggled to put his excitement level into words.

"I can't even explain it," Nelson said. "I just can't wait. Each day I feel it more and more. I'm ready for this."

Nelson is on campus and begins classes tomorrow after moving in during the weekend.

"I'm looking forward to bonding with Leonte [Carroo] and Darius Hamilton," Nelson said. "They're the only ones coming in with me I think and I want to get to know them."

Nelson is also excited, he said, about the opportunity to play with Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) running back Desmon Peoples. As an offensive lineman, he expects the shifty running back to make him look good for opening up holes.

"I'm looking forward to it a lot," Nelson said. "[Brandon Arcidiacono] praises Desmon, just saying I'm going to love blocking for this guy. I'm going to block as best I can, but with his size, he can hit any hole possible I'm sure."

Projecting as a guard, Nelson was most recently on campus for the spring game.

"It opened my eyes to the future," Nelson said. "A lot of linemen are coming in, we're all friends. I can't wait for the rest of them to get [to Rutgers]."

While on campus, Nelson said he was impressed when watching future position coach Damian Wroblewski in action.

"I think he works with them really well," Nelson said. "I thought they were playing pretty good out there because the running backs were looking pretty good out there with everything going on. Everyone has been saying how the [offensive] line is the weakest point. No way."

The benefits of enrolling early to most begin with the conditioning advantage. For Nelson, however, he is most excited about additional summer classes and a chance to get a head start.

"Coach [Scott] Walker, the academic advisor, told me that if I get these classes in during the summer, then I'm on track to graduate in three years," he said. "I'm looking forward to that and I'm also looking forward to bonding with my teammates. In the weight room, I'm going to get stronger than I already am and better than I would by myself."


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