DePaul's Nelson Breaks Down Rutgers Visit

Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic defensive end Justin Nelson was the first in-state commitment to coach Kyle Flood in the Rutgers class of 2014. Nearly a year later, Nelson was on campus for an official visit where he put the focus on preparing to sign his National Letter of Intent.

Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic defensive end Justin Nelson said he has no cause for concern when it comes to vacant coaching positions. Nelson said he committed to a school more than an assistant coach, and trusts the staff to get things done.

The seven-week absence of a defensive coordinator by coach Kyle Flood remains ongoing, and Nelson is not worried.

"They're going through the hiring process, and they want a guy that will have some longevity," Nelson said. "They'd rather wait and hire a guy that would be there for a couple years than hire someone that will bail next year. I agree with that."

Finding a coach to be with him long term is his main expectation for Nelson in replacing Dave Cohen.

"The scheme that Rutgers runs is a scheme that I fit perfectly into," Nelson said. "They're trying to hire a guy that likes that same scheme. Hopefully we hire him soon, and keep that scheme and everything will be good."

Fellow DePaul product Davon Jacobs hosted Nelson on his visit. Nelson pointed to hanging out with Jacobs, time with defensive line coach Jim Panagos and Flood as some highlights.

Aware of the depth Rutgers has at defensive end, Nelson plans to be ready to go from his first practice regardless.

"If they need me to go early, then I'll be ready to go early," he said. "I feel like I am ready. I'm smart. I have the speed, and nothing's going to hold me back once I get to work."

When looking at his overall weekend at Rutgers, other than exhaustion, Nelson said he felt satisfied about the time spent with future teammates and coaches.

"I enjoyed it a lot," Nelson said. "I pretty much knew everything about Rutgers, but I got to get a feel for what campus life was like. I got to hang out a lot with the players. There's some great guys coming into Rutgers, man. We have some great defensive ends and we're already making a bond. It was just a great weekend all around."


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