Nelson to visit, but does RU have a chance?

Three-star Gainesville (Fla.) High linebacker Kevin Nelson was scheduled to meet with Rutgers coach Greg Schiano during an in-home visit, and will also take an official visit to Rutgers. But he has long been committed to Miami, one of his favorite programs growing up. Nelson discusses whether the Scarlet Knights have a shot with him, and his answer is surprising.

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano was scheduled to pay Gainesville (Fla.) High and Miami commit Kevin Nelson a visit this week, and the three-star linebacker is turning around and giving the Scarlet Knights an official visit the weekend of Jan. 22.

However, Nelson's trip to Piscataway, N.J., may be nothing more than a joy jaunt before he signs his official letter with Miami.

"I'm a commit to Miami but I'm keeping my eyes open,'' Nelson said. "This is just a backup plan in case something happens, but I'm still committed to Miami.''

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Nelson said he cleared his trip to Rutgers through the Miami coaching staff. He added he anticipates no problems with the Hurricanes, but is taking the trip to Rutgers as protection for himself in case the unexpected happens with Miami.

"They understand,'' Nelson said.

Nelson committed to the Hurricanes in June, and has been staunch in his commitment ever since. Despite growing up in the shadows of the Florida Gators, he has always been a fan of Miami, and all that surrounds the program.

"The atmosphere is electric, and I have relatives that played for Miami and it's close,'' Nelson said. "I grew up loving Miami. I watched the Gators growing up and I liked the Gators at one point but I've never been a real Gator fan.''

Nelson held offers from several other SEC schools, including Florida, Arkansas and LSU, but does not have any visits scheduled outside of Rutgers and Miami.

And the Scarlet Knights became involved because of the tireless recruiting effort of co-defensive coordinator Ed Pinkham.

"Rutgers got involved because coach Pinkham kept in contact with me and kept telling me Rutgers was interested,'' Nelson said. "I thought about it and if I something happened with Miami …I want to have somewhere else to go.''

Nelson said he is qualified academically.

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