Corey Nelson Commit Story

Corey Nelson's commitment yesterday put the Aggies one step closer to putting the finishing touches on an elite 2010 recruiting class...Aggie Websider's David Sandhop has a long standing relationship with Nelson and spoke to him last night...Read Nelson's full commitment story here...

Through the first five months of the Class of 2010 recruiting season, head coach Mike Sherman has quietly put together a very solid class that was ranked No. 10 by on Saturday. On Sunday, the Texas A&M coaching staff decided to add a little noise to the festivities as they landed the No. 4 outside linebacker in the country, Corey Nelson of Dallas Skyline.

"Yes, I decided to become an Aggie today," Nelson said Sunday evening. "I've always liked Texas A&M and I just needed to come back up here to familiarize myself with the coaching staff and make sure it was the place for me."

The four-star linebacker had offers from numerous schools including Texas, Oklahoma, LSU, Florida, and Stanford to name a few. However, it was a visit to Texas A&M on Sunday and a one-on-one visit with Sherman that sealed the deal.

"He was telling me that I was the centerpiece of what they wanted to do on defense," Nelson said. "He wanted me to be a leader in the rebirth of the Wrecking Crew defense. That got me pretty excited and I was ready to do it."

But according to Nelson, his quick decision to commit to Texas A&M took the head coach by surprise.

"He talked to me about having faith in him and when he finished he asked me what I thought," Nelson said. "I said ‘Coach, I want to be an Aggie.' He stared at me and didn't say anything for a second and said ‘Really?'. He was shocked."

Nelson clearly becomes Texas A&M highest-rated linebacker commit since Tyler Lee's Justin Warren signed with the Aggies in 2003, Dennis Franchione's first recruiting class and arguably his best class during his five year tenure. While in recent years, Texas A&M has struggled to keep highly-rated commitments in the fold, the 6-foot-1, 210 pound rush linebacker says there's nothing to worry about this time.

"I'm finished with the recruiting process," Nelson said. "Don't get me wrong, I like you guys but I'm ready to get this behind me and focus on the season. I'm very happy with my choice and that's the end of the story."

The Dallas product had an amazing junior season, registering 156 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, and 12 sacks in support of a stingy Skyline defense that advanced to the state quarterfinals before losing out to Round Rock Stony Point. The Raiders return most of the playmakers from that team and many consider them a favorite to win the 5A crown in 2009. Nelson joins teammate and fellow linebacker Dominique Patterson who also committed to the Aggies last spring, and he becomes the No. 19 commit in this class with seven months until signing day 2010.

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