D-End Has UCLA Near Top

Chase Nelson, the 6-4, 250-pound defensive lineman from Tulsa (Okla.) Union, has 11 scholarship offers, and says there's a situation in the state of Oklahoma that could make him go out-of-state for college...

Tulsa (Okla.) Union defensive end Chase Nelson (6-4, 250), stands at 11 scholarship offers.

Nelson has offers from UCLA, Minnesota, Tulsa, Kansas, Kansas State, North Carolina, Tennessee, Colorado State, Iowa State, Missouri and Arkansas.

Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma are also showing strong interest in Nelson.

"I'm pretty wide open, but Tennessee and UCLA are two of the schools I'm really liking right now. I wouldn't say I have a favorite or even a top five, but those two schools I'm liking a lot," said Nelson.

Nelson initially met Bruins defensive line coach Thurmond Moore when Moore was coaching at Tulsa, and Nelson was entering his junior year.

"I met him at a camp at Tulsa and he was cool to me, but it wasn't like it was real personal. Then when he went to UCLA, he remembered me. Coach Moore is a real cool guy. I've got family in Pasadena too. Right now, I'd say there is a stronger possibility to leave the state," Nelson said.

Interestingly, Nelson said he feels the amount of talent in the Oklahoma and Texas area could fill many of the local college scholarships, and has made him look elsewhere. He said, "There is a lot of talent in this region. So if Oklahoma or Oklahoma State don't offer me, then I'm not really going to worry about it. They recruit who they can and I'll just go where is best for me and prove myself there. I talked to the line coach at Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M sends me a lot of stuff and they may offer after some games, but it's no big deal for me to leave."

During the spring, Nelson said he was consistently being clocked in the 4.7-4.8 range for the forty, but didn't attend any camps or combines.

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

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