2015 Intro: LB Neal Nelson

Neal Nelson of Buena (N.J.) will be a 2015 name to watch out of South Jersey and already has two verbal offers. Nelson has a junior day visit set to Rutgers with unofficial visit plans to three others.

Buena (N.J.) linebacker Neal Nelson holds offers from Old Dominion and Fordham, and will be on campus at Rutgers March 29 as one of many key juniors set to visit. The 2015 athlete is already on the Rutgers radar, and communicates regularly with defensive backs coach Darrell Wilson, who recruits his area.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound prospect is being recruited as a linebacker by most schools.

"I like Rutgers a lot," Nelson said on his upcoming visit. "I've been keeping in touch with coach Wilson. He seems like a good guy. I like him a lot."

Rutgers hosted Nelson on an unofficial visit during his junior season. Nelson enjoyed a 50-yard seat to the Rutgers 23-20 victory over Temple in October.

"I've been down there once and I got to see a football game," Nelson said. "I liked the atmosphere. It's not bad. … That was a big play they made on fourth down in that game."

Old Dominion was first to offer Nelson, and Fordham followed up Tuesday with a verbal offer.

"[The coaching staff] was telling me how they finished in the top 10 every year for the past three years, and he believes they can compete with any FCS (school) in the country," Nelson said.

Delaware and head coach Dave Brock are close as well, and will host him on an unofficial visit this spring.

Unlike Rutgers and ODU, Delaware is recruiting Nelson to play on offense.

"I'm really interested in what he (Brock) is doing with that program," Nelson said. "From what I've heard and what they did in his first year, it seems like big things are coming their way."

Nelson has plans to visit Big-Ten-bound Maryland and UCLA during his spring break. Nelson has family ties at UCLA, and aims to build relationships at Maryland during his visit.

"I haven't heard a lot with them yet, but one of my trainers at a speed camp I go to in Maryland has some connections there," Nelson said. "He just said I should go down and get a look at them and learn more about Maryland." Nelson logged 76 tackles and four sacks as a junior with Buena. He scored four touchdowns offensively for the 5-5 South, Group 2 squad in 2013.


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