It was Tuesday, and Antonio Nelson was watching a basketball game – Sidney Lanier vs Park Crossing.
He stepped outside to take a phone call, and everything changed.
“I was in the stands and he called me. I stepped outside to see what he was talking about,” Nelson said. “One of my coaches called and told me about it. I was very excited.”
Nelson’s phone call revealed the last thing he was expecting, a football scholarship offer from Florida. The three-star cornerback already has offers from Troy, South Alabama, Western Kentucky and Grambling state, but there wasn’t much debate.
“(Florida’s) at the top,” Nelson said. “Number one.”
The 6-foot-2 defensive back didn’t even play football until midway through last season. He didn’t think he had a future in football until he got his first offer from Western Kentucky.
“It clicked for me when I got my first offer from Western Kentucky. Everything just started coming to me, that I might go further in football than basketball,” Nelson said. “(Basketball is) still the true love, but in football I just got an SEC offer. So I’m just going to work and stay humble.”
Also the leader of Carver’s reigning Class 6A champion basketball team, Nelson planned on waiting until National Signing Day to decide if he would go the football or basketball route.
He recorded 63 tackles, intercepted two passes and had 10 pass breakups this season, and doesn’t know what he’s going to do if he gets a big basketball offer.
“It’s going to be a hard decision,” Nelson said.