Houston Lamar linebacker Michael Nelson's recruiting is a bit slow. Instead of being noticed by dozens of college scouts last year on the field as a junior, he spent his time on the sidelines, trying to recover from a broken leg in the second game of the year.
"It was pretty tough," said Nelson to PonyStampede.com.
With summer here and Nelson's leg completely healed, the soon to be senior has hit the camp tour, hoping that his 215-pound frame impresses someone. A few weeks ago, after visiting a spring practice, Nelson hit SMU's camp in Dallas.
"It was a pretty good camp. I liked it a lot. I went to it with my camp tour buddy Keaon Hobson," said Nelson. "SMU is still one of my top school I would like to attend if I got that opportunity."
With a trip to Dallas being his farthest destination as of now, Nelson also camped at the University of Houston and Baylor. He plans to see how things pan out this summer, but knows the real test will come the first part of the season.
"It's very important that I do my best and have no distractions in the first three games, because those will be my make it or break it games," said Nelson. "I'm really trying to get my speed and footwork back together. Also I'm trying to get the chemistry back on defense with the other linebackers that we all lost because of injuries."
Nelson will be a player that PonyStmapede.com follows very closely during the 2010 season. It's not like the Mustangs need a slew of linebackers, but he definitely passes the eye test.