Another Nelson Coming to UCLA

Modesto (Calif.) Christian tight end Raymond Nelson, the younger brother of UCLA basketball player Reeves Nelson, gave the Bruins the other half of the Nelson siblings, by committing to the Bruins on Wednesday...

Modesto (Calif.) Christian tight end Raymond Nelson (6-5, 237), came to the UCLA camp in June, set on getting an offer from UCLA.

After a stellar performance, Nelson got that offer, and said by the end of July or early part of August, he'd be making a decision, with the Bruins the heavy favorite.

The all-state tight end/defensive end who helped lead Modesto Christian to a state title in 2009, picked UCLA on Wednesday night.

"I called Coach (Rick) Neuheisel last night and committed on the phone to him," said Nelson. "I'd been leaning towards there for a while and I thought it would be a lot easier on me to decide before the season and I had made up my mind."

Nelson said that Neuheisel was thrilled to receive the news.

"He was ecstatic, and so was the rest of the staff and everyone else I knew," said Nelson. "I talked to Coach (Bob) Palcic, Coach (Clark) Lea, Coach (Norm) Chow, and Angus (McClure)."

Included in the "everyone else" was a prominent member of the Bruins' basketball team, Reeves Nelson, his older brother.

"Reeves had wanted me to commit there all along, so he was pretty excited," said Nelson.

So was the rest of the Nelson family.

"My parents and my grandma were all pretty excited, now they don't have to go two separate places to see us play," said Nelson. "They're glad we're going to be close by."

Nelson earned all-state honors on defense last year, but said that tight end is where the Bruin staff envisions him.

"I told them I wanted to play tight end and Coach Neuheisel said he saw me catching a lot of passes for them, and being more of a receiver who will block as well, but get in tight," said Nelson.

Nelson had offers from several other schools, including Oregon, Washington and California, and said the Bruins edged the Ducks for his verbal.

"Definitely Oregon was the other one I was seriously considering," said Nelson.

Nelson said that he was happy to make his decision before his senior year starts.

"Everyone was asking me about it, when I was going to decide," said Nelson. "I'm happy about my decision. We start double-days next week and I'm ready to focus on the season."

With small-schools player of the year Isaiah Burse gone from MC, Nelson said he expects to see a lot of passes thrown his way.

"Our new quarterback is pretty much a drop-back, 6-5, 215 guy with a decent arm, so we'll go about 50-50, run-pass this year as opposed to 80-20 run pass with Isaiah (now at Fresno State) last year," said Nelson.

Nelson said he'll still play defensive end this year, but will also mix in some nose guard.


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