Detroit Jesuit safety Scott Nelson comes from a program whose claim to fame has been its stellar basketball program. Nelson himself is a talented basketball player, helping lead his high school to a Class A state title this past year.
While he certainly proved his worth on the basketball court, Nelson has football programs from all over the country fighting to land his signature, including a number of schools heavily pursuing him from the Big Ten.
“I picked these schools because of a combination of things,” Nelson told BadgerNation. “Those schools recruited me the hardest and they have everything that I could want in a college.”
“I definitely had to factor distance in, but with these five schools my family is comfortable with wherever I go and easily being able to see me play,” he added. “My family and I just want a great school and a school where they can watch me play the most.”
In the early stages of his recruitment, Nelson was seen as likely to eventually end up at either Michigan or Michigan State. Nelson had strong ties to both schools, but what was once seen as strong interest in Michigan has since faded away. The Spartans however continue to stay in a strong position to earn Nelson’s commitment.
“I was a fan of them [Michigan State] growing up, so I know a lot about them,” said Nelson. “I absolutely love how successful the program has been and how great their defenses have been. It's definitely a good school as well.”
Wisconsin offered the 6-2, 190-pound Nelson in late April, and the Badgers immediately shot towards the top of his list because of the school’s tradition and recent on-the-field successes.
“Wisconsin really, really likes me,” Nelson said. “They are a great school and a really good program in a great place. My upcoming visit on Tuesday will be my first time going there so I'm very excited.”
Bringing his mother on the one-day trip to Madison, Nelson is looking to see and learn a great deal during his time on campus and is looking to make the most of his first visit to the campus.
“I definitely just want to spend as much time as I can with everyone involved with the program and learn as much as possible from them,” said Nelson.
Claiming to not have any of the five schools stick out above the others, Nelson plans to visit all five of his favorites to get a better grasp for each program.
“I don't think I'm going to take official visits to them all, but I will probably do is spend the night at each of my top schools, make a decision and then just take one official to the school I’m committed to,” Nelson said. “Hopefully (I’ll decide) before the season starts. I’m looking for a great program and a great school. I’m also looking to see if they can get me to the next level.”