Rutgers Offers 2014 DE Nelson

DePaul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.) defensive end Justin Nelson picked up a verbal scholarship offer today from Rutgers. The 2014 prospect discussed the in-state offer with along with his plans for the offseason.

DePaul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.) defensive end Justin Nelson was just starting to get interested in football when Rutgers emerged as a national player. A proud New Jersey product, Nelson described himself as ecstatic to earn a verbal scholarship offer from Rutgers today.

In a conversation with linebackers coach Dave Cohen, Nelson said he received a verbal offer to Rutgers, which has been in serious contact with him since September.

"Excited isn't even a good word," Nelson said on the offer. "I was lost for words because it's an offer I've been waiting for my whole career. I can't explain the feeling that I have right now about this offer.

"It's my state school. It's close to home and it's a school I've cheered for my whole life. I'll always have a love toward Rutgers because I grew up watching them and now they offered me. I love the atmosphere there, so we'll see what happens."

Nelson is being recruited as a hybrid, pass-rush defensive end which is called the "R" position at Rutgers. Nelson checks in at 6-foot-1, 250 pounds and plays linebacker as well as end with DePaul.

"I have nothing but good words to say about the coaching staff," Nelson said. "I know their defense so well already as a rush defensive end. I know their scheme like the back of my hand. It's a great feeling and I can't wait to pursue that more too keep learning about it because they have a great defense."

Nelson was on campus for a game last season and visited for a bowl practice with many other underclassman prospects.

"[The Rutgers coaches] have been on my side since day one," Nelson said. "They help me out a lot. They talk to me about Rutgers and showed me around their campus. They have a legitimate interest, not just as a player, but in me as a college student. [Defensive line coach Jim Panagos] and coach Cohen are great guys that care about me and are going to be great to be recruited by."

Nelson is also being recruited by Boston College, Connecticut, Penn State, Miami and West Virginia. He recently returned from Boston College's junior day and plans to visit others this winter pending invitations.

"[Boston College] was a great junior day because I learned a lot about their program and the new coaches," Nelson said. "I'm going to go to more, definitely, but I don't know where. I'm just kind of waiting for that mail to come and see where it takes me."

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