"My top five....

Monty Nelson recently received an offer from Wake Forest and quickly added the school to his list of favorites. The 6-foot-3, 315-pound defensive lineman from Broward County, Florida's Plantation High School currently has eight offers to his credit, but the Wake Forest offer was his first from an ACC university.

"The offer came a week or two back over the phone," said Monty Nelson. "Coach Mac said he liked my size, ability, and my quick feet. When he saw the way I move on film, he said that he thought I would be a great defensive lineman at the next level. He also likes how I use my hands. I saw [Coach Mac] walking around at high school during spring practice and said hi to him."

Although Nelson may have more offers from other colleges in the near future, they're five that stand out to him at the moment.

"My top five, in no particular order, is Wake Forest, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Louisville, and Illinois," Nelson said. "I'm receiving interest from Florida State, Boston College, and North Carolina.

"If another school were to come along and offer that could change. I'm still open, but those are the ones I like a lot. I probably won't be able to go on any visits though until fall when I can make my officials."

Plantation plays in the highly competitive Florida 7A-District 15 with the likes of St. Thomas Aquinas and Cooper City. Last year they missed the playoffs going 2-3 in the district and 5-5 overall. Nelson, however, established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the defensive interior.

"I play defensive tackle or the three technique, but a lot of coaches have told me I'm good enough to play nose guard, the zero, in college," said Nelson. "I'm not sure how many tackles I had last year, but I had 10 sacks and nine forced fumbles. It was my second season as a starter. I improved at pad level, my strength, my quickness, really on everything."

The Plantation Colonels have not made the playoffs since 2009, Nelson's freshman season. Getting his team back in the hunt is one of Nelson's top goals for his senior year.

"I want to not only make the playoffs, but be a state champion," remarked Nelson. "Individually, I want to get my bench up to 500 pounds. Right now I can do 405. I'd like to have 16 tackles on the season. I want to raise my GPA well past a 3.0. Wake Forest is a great academic school, and Coach Mac said they won't even look at anyone with a GPA under 3.0. I'm going to be working just as hard in the classroom."

Nelson wears No. 99 for the Colonels' football team. In the off-season he also wrestled at 285 pounds and qualified for state. He lists education as the top factor in making his college decision.

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