Recruiting: Texas CB Trimming Down List

Mansfield Summit CB Jonathan Nelson is starting to trim down his list of schools. He spoke to Inside Texas about those particular schools and his recruitment thus far.

Jonathan Nelson (self reported 5-11, 180, 4.32 fastest 40 time to date) is receiving interest from some Big 12 powers and other schools around the country. Nelson currently has an offer list that includes thirty schools, but he has trimmed that list significantly. "The schools I'm looking at right now are Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Kansas, and LSU," he said. Jonathan has currently made unofficial visits to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech.

The talented prospect has had little contact with the Texas Coaching Staff thus far. "I have spoke to Coach Akina and Coach Chambers," he said. "They both were wanting me to go down to a camp at Texas, but my coaches actually advised against it. They said I really didn't have anything to prove and it wasn't worth risking injury." So, Nelson won't be camping anywhere this summer, although he did participate in the January U.S. Army All-American Combine held in San Antonio and sponsored by He went on to say that Texas would be one of the schools on his short-list should they offer.

One school that is recruiting Nelson heavily is Oklahoma. "I really don't have one specific coach recruiting me from OU," he said. "I have spoken to the entire coaching staff numerous times." OU Assistant Coach/Running Backs Coach Cale Gundy is currently his area recruiter.

If there is one thing that has impressed Jonathan, it has been the relationship he has formed with OU Head Coach Bob Stoops. "I have always thought a lot of Coach Stoops," he said. "When I went on an unofficial visit to Oklahoma he personally showed me around. There was a camp going on while he gave me the tour and he told one of his assistants to carry on and that he was going to go give a recruit a tour. That really impressed me."

"OU's coaches are very similar to the coaching staff I play for right now," he added. "They are very friendly and they know how to develop players."

The Lone Star State star has a much different view on the school he wants to attend than some other prospects. "My eyes don't really light up and sparkle when I see a lot of trophies and rings," he said. "What I want in a school is a good relationship with the coaching staff and an overall good environment. Stadium size and huge facilities just don't impress me as much as others." Redshirting doesn't bother Nelson either. "I honestly want to redshirt if the roster is stacked with CBs," he said. "That way I'll have one year to get stronger and faster. I will have a good idea of the system."

Jonathan's decision could possibly come soon. "My decision could come before football season," he said. "If for some reason I don't make a decision before football season, I may wait until the season is over because I don't want to place a lot of attention on myself. I want to focus on winning this season."

Nelson shared a few of his senior season goals with IT. "This season I don't really have a lot of personal goals," he said. "I just want the team to win. [Laughs] I'll do whatever it takes if it means that I have to start kicking field goals."

The talented CB doesn't think he'll put up huge personal numbers this season. "QBs don't throw my way," he said. "Our other CB is only 5-7 so they usually test him a lot. I'm not sure how good my numbers will be this season due to that, but as long as we win, that's all that matters."

Last season, Nelson had 40 tackles, 1 INT, 3 forced fumbles, and 4 fumble recoveries. He and his teammates finished the season 9-4 in the Texas Class 5A Division and lost in the Regional Playoffs.

Nelson carries a 3.5 GPA and a 1000 SAT Score. He just took the SAT again and will receive those results soon.

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