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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Watch List OL aims to trim list after visits

By Jared Shanker

When Ole Miss offered Watch List offensive lineman Quenton Nelson (Red Bank, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) on Monday, the Rebels became the 29th team to extend a scholarship. As of now, all of them are technically in contention for Nelson’s commitment.

That should change by the end of April, however, as Nelson and his family will make several visits in the next few weeks.

“I’ll probably narrow it down after I’m finished taking all of my visits,” he said.

The 6-foot-5, 285-pound prospect visited Boston College this past weekend, his first visit since the season ended. Immediately upon arriving, Nelson was greeted by new Eagles coach Steve Addazio and new athletics director Brad Bates.

Nelson liked that Bates has a strong football background -- he walked on at Michigan before eventually earning a scholarship from Bo Schembechler.

“He shared with me the vision of how he and Coach Addazio plan to bring BC back to where it was, competing for ACC championships,” Nelson said. “I thought it was great the new AD and new coach are coming in together and share the same plan.”

Addazio hired Justin Frye to be the Eagles' offensive line coach, and Frye played for Addazio at Indiana. But Addazio does not need much help when it comes to working with offensive linemen. He is a former offensive line coach himself, which appeals to Nelson.

“He can definitely help me a lot if I go there,” Nelson said. “The great thing about having a head coach as an offensive line coach is you have two coaches. They preach the same thing. Coach Addazio is definitely an offensive line guy.”

The next visit for Nelson comes Wednesday, when he leaves for Columbus. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and O-line coach Ed Warinner have visited Nelson several times at his high school, but Nelson has yet to make it to the OSU campus.

“I’d like to see the facilities and talk with the academic staff, get a better feel for Coach Warinner and Coach Meyer and talk to them and see the campus,” Nelson said.

Next week, Nelson will visit Northwestern (Apr. 4) and Notre Dame (Apr. 6). The Wildcats have offered, but Notre Dame is still evaluating Nelson. There is a chance an offer will come on the visit, as Nelson talks frequently with offensive line coach Harry Hiestand and regional recruiter Bob Diaco. Both of the coaches have expressed significant interest in Nelson and are thrilled he will finally make it to campus.

Nelson said an offer from Notre Dame would be a big one for him, as the university presents the best of both the academic and athletic worlds.

“They've got the best of everything: facilities, program, alumni, network, really good coaching staff, academics, campus,” Nelson said. “It’s a really great school.”

Nearby Rutgers will host Nelson for a visit the weekend of Apr. 13, and he will follow that up with a visit to Penn State on Apr. 20. He could visit Duke and North Carolina in May, and he also would like to get out to Vanderbilt and Stanford.