Oklahoma D-End Has Four Favorites

Chase Nelson, the 6-4, 250-pounder from Tulsa (Okla.) Union, has narrowed down his list and has four favorites -- for now. He just got an offer from a school he had been waiting on...

Holding nearly 15 scholarship offers, Tulsa (Okla.) Union defensive end Chase Nelson (6-4, 250), has begun to trim his list of schools.

"I haven't eliminated everyone, but I have about four schools that are at the top," said Nelson.

UCLA, Tennessee, Minnesota and Oklahoma are the four schools Nelson said stood out, and while Oklahoma was the one offer he had been waiting for, when he received it, it didn't push them to the top like Nelson had expected.

"They offered me like three to four weeks ago, but they aren't my favorite. They're in the top four. They are all pretty even right now. I don't know if I'll take a trip to Oklahoma, because I've been there a couple of times for unofficials. But I know I'll take at least three of them," said Nelson.

Nelson stated that UCLA, Tennessee and Minnesota would be receiving visits, though he didn't close the door on two additional schools that he may visit.

"I haven't set up any official visits yet," Nelson said. "I probably won't take them until November or December. I'll have my decision made probably around January."

Recruiting Nelson to UCLA has been defensive line coach Thurmond Moore, who first noticed Nelson when he was coaching at Tulsa.

"He's been calling me a lot and said he will try and come out and scout me closer to when the playoffs start. I'm planning to go out there probably in December," said Nelson.

With good size and speed, Nelson said each school wants him strictly as a defensive end, which is fine with Nelson. "I want to play defensive end in college, I don't really want to move inside. This year, a lot of schools are running away from me, they think I'm a threat," Nelson said.

Though Oklahoma has offered, Nelson said no pressure is coming from the family to stay in-state. "Of course, some members of my family want me to go there, but my mom said she just wants me to be happy and she'll support wherever I choose," Nelson said.

Nelson has a 3.4 GPA and scored a 21 on the ACT.


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