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2014 OL Quenton Nelson snags PSU offer

9/18/2012

Quenton Nelson (Red Bank, N.J./Red Bank Catholic), a junior offensive lineman, recently told Penn State assistant Mac McWhorter to expect his newest film.

McWhorter sent him a Facebook message Monday night and told him he didn't need to see it. Penn State's evaluation process was over. He earned a scholarship offer.

"I was very excited to see that," Nelson said Tuesday night. "I texted all my siblings and both my parents, and they congratulated me and told me to keep working hard and stay humbled."

The 6-foot-5, 290-pound offensive tackle now boasts five scholarship offers from PSU, Rutgers, Boston College, Old Dominion and Ohio State. He's also hearing from Wisconsin, North Carolina, Florida State and Michigan State.

The junior says he doesn't yet have any favorites but he grew up as a fan of the Spartans. He plans to attend the Oct. 27 Penn State-Ohio State game at Beaver Stadium, the Oct. 20 Ohio State-Purdue matchup and a Rutgers contest at some point.

He hasn't yet been to the Horseshoe, but he signed up for a Penn State camp over the summer. He impressed the coaches enough for McWhorter to pull him aside and tell him, "We're going to recruit the hell out of you."

Nelson said he received several hand-written letters from the coaches and could envision himself donning the blue and white -- even with the sanctions.

"By the time I'd go there, if I redshirt, the sanctions will be all but over," he said. "So it doesn't really matter if Penn State can't go to a bowl game there. I feel like every game is a bowl game there. They have at least 80,000 fans show up, and that's more than what an NFL game gets."

The New Jersey native said his priorities include good academics, a high APR and -- most importantly -- having a good relationship with his position coach and head coach.

He likes Bill O'Brien and sounded impressed by McWhorter.

"I really like Coach Mac," Nelson said. "He as a lot of experience, and he's a great coach. He's been everywhere. I believe he's been to a lot of schools in the SEC, and he's won a national championship. His record is just amazing."