Scott Nelson (Allen Trieu / Scout)

Analysis: What Wisconsin gets in Scott Nelson

The book on Scott Nelson, an in-depth look at what the Wisconsin Badgers just landed with the University of Detroit Jesuit safety.

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<p><strong>Offers (power-five):<br /></strong>Wisconsin (committed), Iowa, Michigan State, Michigan, Penn State, Northwestern, Kentucky, Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Purdue</p>

<p><strong>Coach's Comments:</strong><br />"He started on offense at quarterback and wide receiver. He started on defense at free safety and made all our calls on the back end and our checks on defense. We run a no-huddle offense, so he made all our checks on offense for our offensive line as well. He has extremely high football intelligence. He returned all our kicks and punts, so he literally didn't leave the field. That says a lot about him as an athlete and how he trains himself. I can't say enough about him. He was a junior captain so that says a lot about what the team says about him." - U of D head coach Oscar Olejniczak</p>

<p><strong>Scouting Report:<br /></strong>Very intelligent, instinctive player. High-end intangibles. A well-rounded athlete who has played all over the field. At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, he still comes across as lanky and with lots of room to fill out. Despite being even skinnier as a sophomore and junior, he has always shown a willingness to come downhill and hit. Physical and a sure tackler, he will be even better in run support once he puts on a few more pounds. In coverage, he is a good athlete with really good ball skills. He ran a 4.69 at the Chicago Opening Regional on a day when most of the times of the top prospects were in that range because of conditions. He is probably truly a mid to high 4.5 guy, not a track star, but a kid with football speed and his ability to always be in position helps that as well.</p>

<p><b>Overall:<br /></b>Bold prediction, this kid starts multiple years at Wisconsin and may end up as a captain at some point. He is the kind of kid you want in the locker room and in the back end of your secondary. He knifed through a very athletic Detroit King team as a junior and that is when the state took notice. About as safe of a pickup as you can get. This kid will work hard, do the right things and find a way to contribute positively to Wisconsin.</p>



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