Nelson's Eyes Opened During Rutgers Visit

Departing Minnesota quarterback Phillip Nelson is exploring transfer opportunities, and spent the last two days on an official visit to Rutgers. has the details and decision information inside.

Minnesota quarterback transfer Phillip Nelson has an offer to Rutgers on the table, but will have to make up his mind quickly if he wants to end up in Piscataway.

Nelson left his Rutgers official visit Monday evening in what was described as an "eye-opening experience." Because of Big Ten transfer rules, he would need to enroll at Rutgers before the Scarlet Knights join the conference.

"If he is going to do this, he has to be on campus by Friday to be able to (bypass) the conference transfer rules," said Nelson's father, Pat Nelson. "Right now, he's in talks with Kansas State as well. Bill Snyder is interested in talking to him. There's a lot of stuff that needs to be sorted out in the next week if he wants to be able to take the Rutgers opportunity."

Nelson could take more visits, with San Jose State and Texas Tech also in play, but has four days left if he wants to end up at Rutgers.

"We have time with the other schools," Nelson said. "We don't have time with Rutgers. If we're serious with Rutgers, we have to make a decision this week."

Nelson and his father enjoyed a shortened official visit, spending slightly over 24 hours in Piscataway before returning home.

"I have to be honest with you," Nelson said. "The visit surprised Phillip. It went very, very well. Rutgers has a very nice program. It has a football system that fits his style. He made some really nice friends with the football players that he met. They had the same drive and determination and the same character Phillip has. He was pleasantly surprised in how nice a system Rutgers has."

Rutgers sits without an offensive coordinator after Ron Prince's departure to a job with the Detroit Lions. The lack of an offensive coordinator, however, is not a concern for the 6-foot-3 quarterback with 17 college starts under his belt.

"Phillip sat down with coach [Kyle] Flood," Nelson said. "He told us what he's expecting out of his new OC. Phillip is comfortable with the system coach Flood wants to run."

Nelson started 17 games in his first two seasons at Minnesota. He has three years to play two, and would have to sit out the 2014 season because of transfer regulations. Nelson cited the search for a better fit in scheme as his reason to leave Minnesota.

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