Aggies Add Receiver to 2011 Class

It's been 13 years since Texas A&M signed a prospect from Baytown (TX), but that drought will change next week after a Baytown Sterling wide receiver decided to verbally pledge to the Aggies on Sunday. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop talked to Texas A&M's latest Class of 2011 commitment

It's been 13 years since Texas A&M has signed a football prospect from Baytown (TX), a coastal community 20 miles east of Houston. In 1997, R.C. Slocum inked Baytown Sterling defensive lineman Rocky Bernard who went on to a productive career in College Station and is still playing in the NFL with the New York Giants. So head coach Mike Sherman is making up for lost time. On Thursday, he accepted the commitment of 2012 wide receiver from Baytown Lee. Then, three days later the Texas A&M staff offered 2011 Baytown Sterling slot receiver Chance Nelson, an offer he immediately accepted Sunday morning.

"Coach Sherman brought me and my family into his office and said he wanted to offer me a scholarship and asked me where I was with the process," Nelson said. "I told him I was ready to commit to him and end my recruiting. He chuckled and congratulated me."

Nelson's whirlwind recruitment began when assistant coach Jim Turner stopped by Sterling High School on Wednesday and invited the 5-foot-10, 170-pound offensive playmaker to the Texas A&M campus for an official visit.

"I was originally scheduled to go to New Mexico this weekend," Nelson said. "But when Coach Turner invited me to visit Texas A&M it was something I couldn't pass up. I had to change my travel plans quickly."

Nelson is a versatile speed athlete. As a senior, he rushed for approximately 1100 yards while racking up 980 yards in receptions and scoring 30 touchdowns. In addition, he played quarterback in the Rangers' wildcat formations and returned kicks and punts. The Texas A&M staff wants to utilize Nelson's 4.31 forty speed as a slot receiver that could get some carries in the backfield.

"The staff said they want to use me like they do Ryan Swope now," Nelson said. "I'll play mostly slot receiver but there will be formations where I'm lined up in the backfield. They also want to use me in the return game."

Asked why he felt Texas A&M was the right school to pursue his collegiate career, Nelson said it was the whole package in College Station.

"I liked everything – the town, coaches, and players," Nelson said. "It felt like I was already part of a family even before I committed. I felt very comfortable. I'm excited to be an Aggie."

Aside from his originally planned visit to New Mexico that was supposed to take place this past weekend, the Baytown native was also scheduled to take an official visit to Lubbock to meet with Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville and the Red Raider program. Nelson indicated that he planned to call the college coaches still recruiting him to let them know he's a solid Texas A&M commitment and won't take additional campus visits.

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