With the de-commitment of four-star defensive tackle Dariua Latham, Nelson is a prime target left on Wisconsin's recruiting board and could be a key piece in the 2013 class.
"I feel we are doing great this season and I have 9.5 sacks," Nelson told Badger Nation. "I don't know how many tackles I have, but I always believe I can improve with hard work. We are 6-1 and just working hard."
Recruiting for Nelson has been a roller coaster since starting to get offers in the spring, but the three-star tackle – ranked No.76 in the country by Scout.com – is starting to get a clearer focus of his future.
"It is going real good," Nelson said of his recruiting. "I am hearing from a lot of schools. I am hearing from Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Missouri, Louisville and Michigan State. I don't have a top list or any favorites anymore, as well."
While Nelson has a list of schools that he is considering, many believe the Badgers are the front runner in this race. One reason for that optimism is the commitment of his friend and teammate, Shelton. While he hasn't visited Madison, Nelson plans on doing so before making his decision.
"I definitely like the coaching staff at Wisconsin," said Nelson. "I also talk to Sojourn about Wisconsin, but more so about our football team right now and trying to win a state title. It doesn't really help that Sojourn is going there really because I have to make my decision based off of what I know is best for me. I plan on probably going to visit them in December.
"I like them a lot and they are definitely up there. The visit will be huge. When I go up there, I am just really looking to get the feel of the campus life and the coaching staff."
Nelson has tentatively planned trips to Kentucky and Missouri, but said he probably wouldn't make decision until national signing day in February.
"I'm just taking it one day at a time," he said.