Recruiting picks up for Ventura's Nelson

Ventura OL James Nelson (6-6, 325) has the size and athleticism all coaches are looking for when it comes to a bookend tackle and now that his season is over, the talented lineman is starting to get some D-1 looks. Over the holiday weekend got an update from Nelson on the most recent developments...

"Things have been going good since our season ended," Nelson told on Sunday. "We lost our bowl game by one point to Golden West which was not the way we wanted to end things because we thought we were the better team, but now I'm just focused on school and lifting and getting ready for the next step."

That next step includes possibly signing with a four-year program in the next month or so if things pick up on the recruiting front.

"I took an unofficial visit up to UCLA to check things out and to meet with the coaches a week or so ago," Nelson said. "They told me they like me and want to take a look at my film and transcripts and then they would get back to me.

"It was good to get up there to see them, but obviously nothing is really close to happening right now. My coaches said now that our season is over and a lot of D-1 schools' seasons are ending that recruiting should start picking up so I'm just sorta waiting on that to start."

Nelson is a good athlete, running a 5.2 forty at 325 pounds this summer, and because of that he's played both tackle and guard for Ventura this season.

Because he was a full-qualifier out of high school Nelson can sign at any time and because he is likely to receive a medical redshirt for last season he'll have four years to play threee wherever he ends up.

We'll continue to keep tabs on Nelson's progress and update news as it happens.

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