Notre Dame was the first team Nelson mentioned, and he admits the Fighting Irish are his No. 1 school.
“Coach [Harry] Hiestand is a really great coach, and I liked his coaching style a lot,” said Nelson, who visited Notre Dame in April. “I stayed the night with Steve Elmer, really nice kid, and all the offensive linemen are nice and cool. I like the campus -- it’s small and beautiful. And the academics there, it’s the No. 1 business school, which is what I want to major in.”
The stiffest competition facing the Irish could be Ohio State. The Buckeyes were after Nelson early -- Notre Dame offered on his visit -- and offensive line coach Ed Warinner is leading Nelson’s recruitment.
“Coach [Urban] Meyer’s won everywhere he’s been, and he had a great year last year even though they had sanctions and he didn’t know the players,” Nelson said. “He put together a really good coaching staff.”
Nelson’s most recent visit was to Penn State for the spring game, and he likes the approach of second-year coach Bill O’Brien.
“Coach O’Brien, he’s a no-BS guy. He’s straight up with me all the time,” he said. “Coach Mac [McWhorter], he’s been in college football forever, not to make him sound old. He has so much experience, and that’s great for [an offensive line] coach.”
Nelson is not sure when he'll make a decision, but he said one could come soon.