- Radi Nabulsi, Reporter, DawgNation
Steven Nelson is looking forward to his last season at College of the Sequoias. A native of Warner Robins, Ga., the 6-foot, 185-pound cornerback and Georgia commitment says that despite the weather in California, he longs to be back in the Peach State. In four months he will get his wish.
“It is an amazing feeling,” Nelson said. “I am just trying to keep my mind of off recruiting and get through these last classes so I can get out of here. I am trying to have as little stress as possible.”
But being a highly sought after juco prospect can make lying low rather difficult. Coaches, reporters, even fans all seem to want part of Nelson’s day.
“Somebody called me, some fan,” Nelson said. “This guy called me out of nowhere. I thought he was a reporter or something like that. It is creepy. I don’t even know how he got my number.”
Note to other prospects, don’t leave your number on your Hudl highlights.
Nelson did focus on recruiting over the summer so as to not have to worry about it during the season. He took a few visits and plans at least one more.
“I have been to Texas Tech, on an unofficial to Fresno State and I took an unofficial to Georgia,” Nelson said. “On Oct. 6 I am going to Oregon State. I would like to take an official to Georgia but it depends on my schedule. This year we only have one bye week and I am going to take that trip to Oregon State. I’ll just have to see how it goes from there.”
Those visits have made some Georgia fans nervous. Nelson said he still plans to be a Bulldog.
“I am still committed,” Nelson said. “My commitment is still strong. The only thing is, it is still early so I am still kind of looking around to keep my options open, but my commitment is still strong.”
He visited Georgia in July for the annual Dawg Night camp.
“Georgia is home and I expected it to be fun,” Nelson said. “I met up with some old friends I grew up with like Damain Swann and Corey Moore. I liked it at Georgia to. It is home. I didn’t see Coach [Mark] Richt but I met with Coach [Todd] Grantham for a while in his office. We talked about me being a major part of their defense when I came in. They said they really could use me in their scheme. I watched film with the video coordinator too.”
He also spoke to a couple of top Georgia targets.
Nelson had originally planned to redshirt this year so that he would have three years to play at Georgia. He has changed his minds and will be suiting up for College of the Sequoias this season.
“I just wanted to keep perfecting my craft and keep getting better so I didn’t feel the need to sit out if I could see my ultimate goal in two years,” he said.
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