Football Camp Pays Off For Nelson

RaiderPower.com Recruiting Senior Writer Scott Fitzgerald writes how a summer camp paid off huge dividends for a Dallas Christian wide receiver.

Texas Tech commit Justis Nelson will lead his Dallas Christian Chargers into a TAPPS semi-final game this weekend versus Midland Christian in hopes that an opportunity to play for a state championship is on the horizon. Nelson is a big reason why as a two way starter at receiver and defensive back has had a productive season on both sides of the ball.

Going into Saturday, Nelson has 36 catches for 783 yards and 9 TDs on offense, and 30 tackles and 16 passes defended on defense to go along with one interception. The eye-popping number for Nelson is his yards-per-catch at nearly 22. That, and he is averaging one touchdown for every 4 catches.

Whether it's on offense, or defense, Nelson isn't sure where he'll play, but will be ready for either position. The need for Texas Tech is on defense, and coaches think he at least has some raw skills that could translate to either at safety or corner, possibly at nickelback being 6'2''.  

"At Texas Tech's football camp this past summer, coaches asked me to line up at cornerback and I did pretty well. They offered me a scholarship a couple of days later. I think that's what got me an offer," said Nelson.

While focusing on one position at Texas Tech will be something different at Texas Tech for Nelson, some would think that the challenge of going from private school to Division 1 would present the biggest challenge, but not Nelson.

"I've had plenty of time to go up against other D-1 kids at football camps and in 7 on 7, and I feel I did as well as anyone else out there," said Nelson.

Nelson is being recruited primarily by offensive line coach Chris Thomsen.

"I went to a camp when he was the head coach at ACU and he remembered me. Coach Thomsen also is in contact with my high school coach."

Nelson is also starting to communicate with other commits around the Metroplex, namely Will Barrow at Dallas Skyline. While he attends Dallas Christian School, Nelson resides in Mesquite, where he is also familiar with a current Red Raider.

"We went to watch Jakeem Grant's team play at Cowboys' Stadium," said Nelson. "I remember on the very first play of the game, he took a screen pass and he was gone. It was 60-70 yards."

Grant's 97 yard kick return for a touchdown Saturday versus Baylor was no surprise to Nelson, either.

"That guy's blazing fast."

Nelson currently measures 6'2'' and has gained 10 pounds since the summer, up to 170. He will visit Texas Tech officially in January.


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