Could Nelson Join Brother in College?

Modesto (Calif.) Christian tight end Raymond Nelson, the younger brother of UCLA basketball player Reeves Nelson, got an offer from the Bruins and he talks about the potential of joining his brother in Westwood...

Modesto (Calif.) Christian tight end/defensive end Raymond Nelson (6-4, 238), is plenty familiar with UCLA, where his older brother Reeves Nelson, is a starter on the Bruins' basketball team.

Nelson wouldn't mind joining his brother in college, but he needed an offer from the Bruins for the gridiron. That came on Sunday night at the Bruins' camp.

"They said I did a great job and Coach (Rick) Neuheisel offered me a full ride," said Nelson. "It's pretty cool. It's a big deal. Reeves go here, and it's definitely an option and will be in my final couple schools."

Nelson, who has offers from California, Washington, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, Oregon, Washington State, Nevada and Idaho State already, said he'd be trimming his list.

"I'm definitely going to go to a top three within the month before it goes longer," said Nelson. "I want to make a couple of visits, get a feel for all of the places and see where that leads me."

Nelson said he's favoring the Pac-10.

"Definitely the whole Pac-10 is in it," said Nelson. "With UCLA, there is a lot of interest because Reeves goes there and I went up to Oregon and the facilities are really impressive. Cal still is in it too and Washington is trying to get me up there. But I definitely want to decide before the season."

Nelson said his big brother made it clear where he wants him.

"He definitely wants me to come here," said Nelson.

Nelson said he felt good about his chances at an offer from the Bruins.

"I think I had a feeling that they were going to offer because everyone else had pretty much, they just wanted to see me in person," said Nelson.

Nelson also camped at Cal, and said he's done with camps for the time being, focusing on school ball.

This fall, Nelson, an all-state defensive end last year, will move his defensive position, but will stay at tight end this fall, and in college.

"I think I'm going to play strongside backer and tight end, but I'm definitely playing tight end in college," said Nelson.

Academically, Nelson has a 3.86 and achieved a qualifying test score.

As a junior, Nelson offensively had 32 receptions for 687 yards and 11 touchdowns and defensively, had 64 tackles and 7.5 sacks.


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