Nelson Still Open After Visits

After several early visits and several early offers, one of the state's best linebackers for the class of 2010 remains wide open in his recruitment. Aggie Websider visits with the prospect about his future plans as well as what he wants out of his final school.

When you are one of the top linebackers in the lone star state and the country, the recruiting process hits you fast and hard with college coaches from all over the country writing you and pitching the positives of their respective schools. Add in junior day events this time of year, and the process can be a little overwhelming for those not ready for the process. Skyline linebacker Corey Nelson has been dealing with the attention for the past month attending junior days at Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and most recently Texas this weekend.

"It was a great visit. Everything went as expected," Nelson said. "I liked Coach Muschamp. He's pretty intense and he talked about how they have an open depth chart. It changes a lot. The player who earns it in practice will be the one who plays. It doesn't matter if they are a senior or a freshman."

Nelson was also impressed with his meeting with Coach Mack Brown, a meeting that garnered him a scholarship offer from Texas. Was the offer and the junior day festivities enough to persuade the blue chip linebacker to pull the trigger?

"He said I'd be a big impact player with good grades and character and then he offered me," Nelson said. "I think he wanted me to commit, but I wasn't ready. I need to do more research."

Asked if the Texas visit has changed his list of schools leading for his signature, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker diplomatically indicated that nothing has changed.

"It's still the same. I'm still looking at schools and doing more research," Nelson said. "I'm still thinking about taking a trip to Texas Tech and then I'd like to make it over to LSU. Once I get all my information, then I'll start narrowing my list and figuring out the schools I'm most interested in."

Nelson previously visited Texas A&M and Oklahoma, and along with Texas the Dallas native indicated that those three schools are definitely under serious consideration. In fact, he was very complimentary of the two in-state rivals' academics, especially in the field of engineering which is what Nelson wants to study in college.

"Academics are very important to me. I got to meet one-on-one with the head of civil engineering at Texas and that was cool. They have a great program," Nelson said. "And at A&M they have the best engineering program in the nation. What else can you say?"

In fact, academics and the quality of education are at the top of Nelson's list which is unique for highly-rated prospects who usually look for aspects about the football program when choosing a university.

"Academics is my number one priority. A school has to have a good education program first," Nelson said. "Next I'm looking at the school's atmosphere and he attitude of the players and the coaches. Finally, I'm looking at the work ethic of the players and how they are being pushed to get better."

Nelson refused to give a timetable for a final decision, but he did indicate he'd like to make a choice before the start of his senior season. For now he plans to see more schools and continue with his research.

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