Three-star Maryland commit Sean Nelson announcing final pledge Wednesday

Nelson has been committed to the Terps since May but will be picking between Maryland and Virginia Tech. He recaps his official visit to Blacksburg.

            Since May, Langston Hughes (Ga.) three-star wide receiver Sean Nelson has been committed to Maryland. But just days before national signing day, that pledge might not stick.

            Nelson officially visited Virginia Tech this past weekend. And now, he’s between both schools for a final decision.

            This weekend marked Nelson’s first trip to Blacksburg. The visit, with his parents, gave him a chance to get a more first-hand look at the Hokies.

            “I got to see everything, toured the campus, saw the locker room,” Nelson said. “I was really impressed with the visit. I liked everything about it.”

            Assistant coach Zohn Burden has recruited Nelson since last summer. And over the past couple of months, assistant coach Holmon Wiggins has also joined in. The visit gave Nelson the chance to touch base with both, as well as coach Justin Fuente.

            “They’re cool guys, all the coaches, especially Coach Fuente,” Nelson said. “He’s a good coach and good guy off the field. He turned Memphis around and he’s done good at Virginia Tech. He brought a lot of good coaches. They’re good coaches, all good guys on and off the field.”

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            The coaches had told Nelson about the Hokies. But he saw a few aspects for himself on the trip.

            “What surprised me was the fan base,” Nelson said. “It’s unbelievable. I knew they had good fans, but they’re unbelievable. Surprisingly, the food, they had a real good selection. Other than that, I knew Virginia Tech was a good school.”

            Overall, Nelson said the Hokies are in good position.

            “Now that I’ve seen it, it’s a good place,” he said. “It’s a good campus, good fan base. It’s a good location. Everything about it, it’s just a good school.”

            But Nelson said his commitment still stands. And he still holds Maryland in high regard.

            “I’m still committed,” Nelson said. “But I do have some thoughts and some thinking to do in little time. It’ll just be between me and my family and we’ll get in-depth with it. But I’m still committed.”

            There’s no set time, but Nelson plans to make his announcement Wednesday morning. And between now and then, he’ll be weighing a few aspects.

            “The biggest factors, really the schools have a lot in common,” Nelson said. “They both have differences, pros and cons. It’ll just be between my parents, looking over the pros and cons. A lot of it is just going with my heart and talking with my parents.”


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