Full Nelson: Ariz. ATH talks Card football

Keanu Nelson is one of the fastest rising athletes on the West Coast. After receiving his first offer from Colorado State back in February, the Tucson, Ariz. athlete has picked up 11 more in the last few months, from schools in five different conferences. Earlier this week, the Sabino High star told TheBootleg.com which two of those schools will definitely be receiving official visits...

"My recruitment has been going pretty well," Keanu Nelson said. "Ever since I got my first offer back in early February from Colorado State, it has just taken off."

Nelson reports offers from UCLA, Stanford, Nebraska, Washington, Arizona, Vanderbilt, BYU, Colorado, Washington State, San Diego State, Colorado State and Idaho, in addition to interest from Cal, Arizona State, Oregon State, Utah and Boise State, but denies having any leaders.

Nelson, who has already made unofficial visits to Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA, said he hopes to make it up to Stanford in the upcoming months.

"If it agrees with my schedule, my dad and I were thinking about traveling up to Stanford for their Junior Day or Monday Night Football-type thing that they do up there," Nelson said. "I also would like to take all five officials, but I don't know if that's actually realistic. But Stanford will definitely get one of the visits, as will UCLA."

Nelson, whose high school coach Cory Hill was on the Stanford football team in the mid-1990's, said he is looking for a school with a good combination of academics and athletics.

"I'm looking for a total package school," Nelson said. "First I'm looking for good academics all the way, because you can never really take an education away from an individual. I also don't like to lose, so a good sports program and an equally good academic program is what I'm looking for. My family has always pushed academics since I've been a little boy."

And whatever school is fortunate enough to receive Nelson's signature next Signing Day will be getting athlete that can excel on offense, defense, and in the return game.

"Something I hear a lot from recruiters is that in the open field I'm at my best when I have an opportunity to make people miss," Nelson said. "Also, I have good speed but I think my ability to get to top speed is really good, as well as my ability to change direction on a dime."

Nelson, who claims a 4.5 forty-yard dash, posted the statistics last season to back that assessment up.

In his standout junior year, the 5-foot-11, 165-pounder rushed 75 times for 571 yards and seven touchdowns, caught 21 balls for 480 yards and three scores, and returned two punts and a kickoff for a touchdown, production that opened the eyes of coaching staffs across the country – including in Palo Alto.

"The coaches are very professional and pretty frank with me too," Nelson said. "They're also personable. They care about not only what I was doing on the field but what I was doing in the classroom.

"If I were to play at Stanford it would be the same way. They'd be pushing me to do my best off the field just the same as they would on the field."

Nelson, who said he is thinking about pre-law as a major ("I'm pretty good at public speaking, and I like to argue,") posts a 3.62 GPA and is awaiting the results of his May SAT test. He also plans to take two AP classes next fall to try to strengthen his academic resume.

Nelson has yet to be evaluated by Scout.com, but is rated a three-star athlete by Rivals.com.

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