Jonathan Nelson update

Coveted Texas cornerback has 27 offers, hopes to narrow his list soon

To play corner in college football you have to be able to run, and without question Jonathan Nelson, a class of 2006 prospect at Arlington (Texas) Mansfield, can really run.

I realize when an athlete says he can run a sub 4.4 we have a hard time believing that he can really run that fast, but Nelson says he has

never been timed higher than 4.4.

"My sophomore year I ran a 4.4 flat and then a 4.38," Nelson said. "Then in my junior year, my coaches timed me at 4.25, 4.28 and a 4.3 flat. My fastest time in the 100 meters is 10.53. I run second leg on our [400] meter relay team and I have run a 9.9 split on that relay."

Nelson broke into the starting lineup at the end of his sophomore year at cornerback and he started the entire season at cornerback last year. This year he hopes to go both ways at cornerback and wide receiver.

"My coaches have already said that I can go both ways this year, and I am looking forward to it," Nelson said. "They don't let underclassmen go both ways here, but I am already working out with the offense this summer in anticipation of going both ways."

Nelson finished last season with 40 tackles, one interception, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

"I don't get a whole lot of balls thrown my way because our other corners are like 5-7, and despite the fact they are good players teams think they can pick on them," Nelson said. "We are pretty good in the defensive secondary on both sides, but teams don't test me much."

Nelson can bench 325 pounds, squats 455 and he posted a 42-inch vertical jump at the U.S. Army Combine. Nelson has not gone to any camps or visited any schools unofficially at this time, but he plans to attend the Oklahoma summer camp.

Nelson, who has been offered by 27 schools, says it is still early in the recruiting process to name a top five.

"I am pretty open," he said. "I am trying to find out how well I relate to the coaching staff at each school, and that takes time. I am looking forward to narrowing down my decision, but I just can't right now. Growing up I was just a big college football fan and I just love watching college football. I will work to narrow down my choices soon."

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