Georgia secondary coach Scott Lakatos knows he will need experienced help in 2013. Graduation will take both of his starting cornerbacks and safeties. Luckily, for Lakatos, help was only a phone call away. Defensive back Steven Nelson (Warner Robins, Ga./College of the Sequoias) committed to Georgia this evening.
“Yes, sir, I committed as a cornerback and a punt return specialist,” Nelson told DawgNation. “Actually, I called Coach Lakatos earlier between some of my classes and we talked for a good 30, 45 minutes. He told me they liked my style of play, my size and speed, and he just laid it out and said they were going to offer me. I told him I would call him back. I called my defensive backs coach out here and he said I needed to commit, so that’s what I did.”
Nelson's conversation with his position coach Fred Zepeda was a short one.
“I called him back in no longer than five minutes. I have always wanted to go to Georgia but I just wanted to get someone else’s insight on it," Nelson said. "Coach Lakatos was pumped up. He wants me to come in and start at corner right off. He said their returner was gone and he wants me to come in and return some balls. It feels terrific and I cannot stop thinking about it. I told my family and friends as soon as I committed.”
Nelson played high school football at Warner Robins Northside. He returned five punts for touchdowns as a senior. He originally signed with Carson Newman but later decided to go the juco route. His familiarity with the Bulldogs explains the short recruitment.
“I always wanted to be a Georgia Bulldog. I jumped on it quick. It doesn’t get any better than Georgia,” Nelson said. “I will be there in the spring. I am leaving College of the Sequoias in December.”
Nelson has offers from Houston and Middle Tennessee, while others schools such as USC, Cal and Colorado are apparently close to offering. Nelson says they need not bother. He is hoping to get everything quickly in order.
“I haven’t spoken to Mark Richt yet but he is supposed to be calling me soon, if not later tonight then maybe tomorrow. He is pretty busy but I know he is supposed to call me soon,” Nelson said. “I am sending my transcripts over next week.”
Nelson is awaiting word from Georgia on whether he should redshirt this coming season at the College of the Sequoias.
"I have to see what Georgia wants me to do," he said. "If they say yes, then that will be great so I can have three years left to play."
Last season Nelson had two interceptions, 18 pass deflections, 30 tackles and two tackles for loss.
“He is a high character kid with a 3.3 GPA. He knows four different jam techniques,” Zepeda said. “He is a speedster that runs a 4.4 40 and has been clocked at 10.7seconds in the 100 meters. He runs track and is the anchor leg of our 4x100 meter relay. He is a big kid at 6-foot or 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds. He is long, too. He has something to prove.”
And Nelson will get his chance in 2013.