Bruins After Oklahoma D-End

UCLA is in hot pursuit of Chase Nelson, the 6-4, 250-pounder from Tulsa (Okla.) Union. With ten scholarship offers, Nelson said he has two current favorites...

Tulsa (Okla.) Union defensive end Chase Nelson (6-4, 250), has stayed away from the spring camp and combine circuit, but it hasn't stopped him from reaching double-digit scholarship offers.

Nelson has offers from UCLA, Minnesota, Tulsa, Kansas, Kansas State, North Carolina, Tennessee, Colorado State, Iowa State and Arkansas. He's also hearing a good deal from Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois.

"My top two schools right now are UCLA and Tennessee," Nelson said. "(UCLA assistant) coach Thurmond Moore is recruiting me. I met him at a camp at Tulsa with my team and he remembered me when he went to UCLA and they offered me. They have a good program and it wouldn't matter for me to leave the state."

While Nelson said the Bruins and Vols were his leaders, like most Sooner State natives, an offer from Oklahoma could change things.

"I'd have to say that an offer from Oklahoma would be tough to pass up, but then again, I may have a better opportunity to play early at another school," Nelson said.

Should the Sooners offer, Nelson said he doesn't think his family will pressure him to stay in-state. He said, though, "My family wants me to go with the best fit for me, wherever that may be, in-state or out of state."

During the spring, Nelson said he was consistently being clocked in the 4.7-4.8 range for the forty, but stayed away from camps and combines for a reason. He said, "I've heard of guys getting hurt or not having a good day and it messed them up. I prefer to prove it on the field."

Nelson plans to camp at Tulsa again this summer with his team, and is hoping to take an unofficial visit to UCLA, as well as to Kansas and Kansas State.

Nelson said he will take all five of his official visits, and decide after his season is done and the trips are taken.

He has a 3.4 GPA and scored a solid 21 on the pre-ACT.


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