Nick Nelson loved the University of Wisconsin so much on his official visit to Wisconsin that the former Hawaii cornerback knew that’s where he wanted to transfer to finish out his college football career.
On Friday, Nelson found out the University wanted him too.
Officially accepted into Wisconsin, Nelson said his recruitment is over and that he will join the Badgers program this summer.
“They were real excited to tell me (I was admitted),” Nelson told BadgerNation. “Coach Leonhard told me he was real excited and couldn’t wait to work with me.”
It’s been a busy day for the Wisconsin program, adding Kernersville (NC) East Fosyth cornerback Madison Cone and former Pittsburgh tailback Chris James. Much like James, Nelson (6-0, 200 pound) said he heard from a couple other schools but the former Forestville (MD) Suitland standout was sold on the Badgers early on.
Taking an official visit to Wisconsin in late April with his family for the school’s spring game, Nelson committed to the program, as long as he was accepted into the school.
“I just had to finish strong (academically) these past couple semesters,” Nelson said. “I’m glad that they accepted me.”
Nelson will sit out this upcoming season and then be eligible for two seasons starting in 2017. In two years at Hawaii, Nelson recorded 89 tackles and 21 passes defended. He also was comfortable on special teams, having returned 19 punts for the Warriors last season.
While some recruits would mope having to sit out a season after playing two years, Nelson said he’s anxious to learn under new secondary coach Jim Leonhard and battle for a starting spot in January.
“I feel I am going to learn a lot from him, both on the field and off the field,” Nelson said. “I am excited to get faster, stronger and mentality improve. I need to continue to get my grades together, get them higher, and really take the year to learn.”