Nelson Goes In-Depth on Verbal Commitment

DePaul (Wayne, N.J.) defensive end Justin Nelson verbally committed to Rutgers today to become the first in-state member of the class of 2014. Nelson, who will play the "R" position for Rutgers, spoke in-depth with on his decision to verbally commit.

DePaul (Wayne, N.J.) defensive end Justin Nelson has always felt the pull and influence of Rutgers as a New Jersey native, so it did not take long to come to a decision after earning an offer.

Unofficially visiting Rutgers today, Nelson left as a verbal commit.

"I feel speechless," Nelson said. "From day one, Rutgers has always been home to me. The coaches love me. I love the coaches, I love the team. I'm just extremely happy and extremely confident."

Nelson met 1-on-1 with coach Kyle Flood at his Hale Center offices and told him he was solidly committed to play football at Rutgers and play in the Big Ten.

"He was pretty happy, very happy actually," Nelson said. "He was telling me how from the first time he saw my tape, he loved it and wanted to coach me. I'm glad I committed and I'm going to keep my word for coach Flood."

Nelson will come in as an "R" hybrid defensive end in 2014, when Rutgers is expected to join the Big Ten.

"That R position fits me perfectly," Nelson said. "Dropping back, rushing the passer, doing different things, rotating, coming in the a-gap, I can do all of that. … I feel like I can succeed most at that position in the Big Ten. Wow. It's like a dream playing in the Big Ten. Ohio State, Michigan all those teams and representing Rutgers against them is a dream. National television, it's going to be big. I can't wait."

Nelson committed to Rutgers early in the process and vowed to keep more top talent in-state.

Some of the best recruiters at Rutgers have been its other commits and players and Nelson feels ready to join the fray.

"It's as simple as this, if we all stay home in New Jersey, we're going to bring a national championship one day," Nelson said. "All of these teams go out in different states and win with their guys. I feel like if we all just stay home and come together as one, we can be the best.

"There's something special about Rutgers. It's home and the kids that Rutgers recruits, they're my type of guys. That's the type of guy I am, family and football and hard work. I love it. I can't wait to be a part of this family."

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