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Monday, January 28, 2013
OT Nelson talks about his favorites

By Josh Moyer

On Friday, RecruitingNation took you behind the scenes on recruiting trips and polled various prospects about their favorite memories on the recruiting trail.

NittanyNation asked two Penn State commits about their favorite-everythings. So, we decided to list offensive tackle Andrew Nelson's answers for every category right here. We'll have the second player tomorrow.

Most-creative recruiting pitch: "To be honest, all the recruiting pitches are basically saying the same thing about their college. However, I really respected the pitch given by Coach [Steve] Addazio when he was at Temple. I really respected his honesty and the way he said things the way they are. He knew that every player had to find the school best for them, and he wanted them to choose that school. If it was his school, that's great, but if not, he respected your decision. However, Coach [Bill] O'Brien is the same way, and that's why I have so much respect for my new coach."

Best facilities: "Many colleges I visited had great facilities. However, they are unmatched by PSU. The Lasch Football Building is like football player heaven. The weight room is unrivaled, and it has everything you need in one convenient location. Even academic needs are covered there. What's also great about it is it's relativity to the training table, dorms, practice facility and stadium. Everything I will ever need is so close."

Best individual recruiter: "The best individual recruiter is, without a doubt, no question about it, Coach Larry Johnson from Penn State. I have never met a coach in my life that gets so excited over his players' success and seeing them give 100 percent. He puts God before everything and realizes that putting God in the center of your life is what is important. He is a big reason I chose Penn State, because I know there is no coach in the world who can build my character better than Coach Johnson. I love that man!"

Most annoying part of the recruiting process: "Most annoying part was the driving. I hate driving and get car sick pretty easily, so the driving-all-over-the-place thing was by far the worst part."

Best campus: "Best campus is Penn State, because it is its own beautiful community and not tucked in the middle of some city. It's gorgeous, and the scenery surrounding it is beautiful."

Best food: "Best food is the food I had at Penn State's official visit [at the training table]. Truly, it was better than most restaurants I've been to. If you haven't tried their lobster bisque, you haven't lived."

Best game-day atmosphere: "Obviously the greatest game-day atmosphere is easily Penn State. Just the sheer number of fans is enough to put them at No. 1. But because of how involved the fans get -- and the amazing coordination of their chants and 'White-Outs' and stuff -- it makes it a whole different world. It almost brought tears to my eyes when I first stepped onto the field."