Nelson, a sophomore, is available for spring practice, but must sit out the 2014 season because of transfer regulations.
"I feel like this is a system offensively where I can succeed," Nelson said. "That and as well as the coaching staff, it just felt like the right fit for me. It's something I feel like I can help out offensively and be successful."
Nelson officially visit Rutgers Monday with his father. He used the trip to learn about the offense, tour the school and more. Nelson, just in case, applied for admission to Rutgers on his visit. He was accepted and will be at Rutgers Friday.
Because Rutgers is still a member of the American, he will be allowed to transfer to another Big Ten school.
"They have some first-class facilities," Nelson said. "Right off the bat, I noticed that. There are great personnel and people as a part of the coaching staff. I enjoyed being able to sit down and talk about what a quarterback has to do in that offense to be successful. It fits what I did best. This could be a great fit for me."
Nelson started 17 games for Minnesota over the last two years. His Big Ten experience will be an advantage as Rutgers makes the transition, he said.
"The Big Ten is an elite conference, and it definitely feels like my two years of experience in the Big Ten will carry on over into this program," he said. "I feel like I can do a great job helping this team out in any way I can. Nelson said the media reports regarding Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen's candidacy for the Rutgers offensive coordinator job has him excited.
"I did my research on him," Nelson said. "It sounds like, from taking teams to Super Bowls to wining NCAA championships, he's been everywhere. I've talked to a lot of college coaches around the nation to figure out what type of guy he is. It sounds like he's an offensive guru, and that's something that makes me even more excited. I hope that deal works out."