Scott Nelson of U-D Jesuit is a football player to watch for the recruiting class of 2017. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect already has a Big Ten scholarship offer, and more will be on the way as colleges evaluate his junior-season highlight film.
I caught up with Nelson and got the details on his recent visit to Michigan State.
Nelson made the trip to East Lansing on Saturday. Despite rain and cool temperatures, Nelson said he enjoyed his time on campus.
“Michigan State was great!” he said. “Before the game, we got to eat and were introduced to all of the coaches. After that, we got to go down to the field for warm-ups, and that was really cool, being so close to the players. Once we got to our seats, and the game started, it was a good game. Michigan State started off strong. It did rain most of the game, so a lot of the fans went for cover. I can’t wait to get back and go to a game when the weather is good, so I can get the full game-day experience.”
Michigan State is not the only team recruiting Nelson.
“Northwestern, Notre Dame and Toledo, I hear from the most,” he said. “I’ve been offered by Northwestern. I am looking for a good program, school and a place that will allow me to succeed in the long run.”
Nelson is a versatile athlete who could project at wide receiver or safety at the next level. Based on Michigan State’s depth situation, I have a feeling that the Spartans will look at him very closely at free safety. His size, speed and all-around play is reminiscent of former Spartans captain and All-Big Ten safety Otis Wiley.
U-D Jesuit is off to a 4-2 start to the season, and Nelson’s play is a big reason. He has made big plays on offense, defense and special teams for the Cubs. This past weekend, U-D Jesuit lost a tough game, 21-7, to perennial power Novi Detroit Catholic Central. Nelson provided the scoring in that game, hauling in a 28-yard touchdown pass.
Nelson is strong student with a 3.4 GPA. His primary recruiter from Michigan State is Terry Samuel. I expect that that the Spartans will look to have Nelson back on campus later this fall. The Penn State game at the end of the season likely will be a contest many top in-state 2017 recruits attend.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for spartanmag.com and rivals.com.