Nelson updates top five

Cleveland Glenville quarterback hopes to take all of his official visits

Arvell Nelson, a three-star class of 2006 quarterback prospect at Cleveland Glenville, is looking closely at a short list of major-conference schools.

In a telephone interview Tuesday, Nelson said that, in no particular order, his top five is Iowa, Wisconsin, Syracuse, North Carolina and Kansas.

Nelson said he likes the style of play at all five of his primary suitors.

"All of them tell me if I come there we throw the ball a lot," he said. "Most of them, their quarterback's in their junior or senior year."

What is Nelson looking for in a school?

"The coaching staff basically and how comfortable I am with the coaching staff," Nelson said. "And their education. Do they offer my major?"

Nelson plans on majoring in a sports-related field with the hope of becoming a sports agent after college.

He wants to make his college decision after Glenville's season is complete. The Tarblooders are ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press Ohio Division I poll.

Nelson attended football camps at Iowa, Wisconsin, Syracuse and North Carolina this past summer. He has not been to Kansas yet, but he said he plans to take official visits to all of his top five.

In addition to that quintet of schools, Nelson has scholarship offers from Indiana and "all the MAC."

What does Nelson think about Wisconsin?

"It's a great program," he said. "I know they graduated all their students… And they have some great coaches. Coach (Henry) Mason, the receiver coach. He's my recruiting coordinator right now."

Nelson has thrown for more than 200 yards in two of Glenville's first three games. He completed 17 of 29 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns in a 32-0 rout of Mentor in Glenville's season opener. And he was 7 of 17 for 213 yards and three touchdowns in a 36-12 win over Cleveland Collinwood last week.

"Personally I did OK the first three games," Nelson said. "I didn't have my best performance. I did well though."

Nelson, who stands 6-foot-4, 175 pounds and covers 40 yards in 4.7 seconds, has a reputation as a dual-threat quarterback. But he said he has not run the ball much this season.

"I really always been a pocket passer but I always could run a little bit," he said.

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