The 6-foot-1, 240-pound defensive end committed to Rutgers while on a visit Wednesday.
“Obviously he had a really good day down there. That was his choice from the beginning,” DePaul coach John McKenna said. “The minute they offered him [last month], he wasn’t waiting around for anybody else. It’s where he always wanted to go.”
UMass also offered Nelson, who had several suitors from the Big East and ACC. Rutgers was always home for the in-state lineman, though.
Wednesday was hardly the first time Nelson has been to Rutgers, too. He has made several visits, including games during the fall. McKenna also takes his team to 7-on-7 tournaments at Rutgers during the summer. And McKenna sent Davon Jacobs to Rutgers, where Jacobs is a freshman.
“He likes it’s close to home and the success they’ve had and it’s a great program,” McKenna said of Nelson, “and he has a great connection with [assistant] Coach [Dave] Cohen, who’s been at our school and who offered.”
From the moment McKenna began coaching Nelson, he knew Nelson would be a scholarship player at a BCS school. And from that same moment, Nelson was already telling McKenna he wanted to go to Rutgers one day.
“He always said, ‘I hope Rutgers is where I go,’ ” McKenna said.
Nelson is commit No. 2 in Rutgers’ 2014 class, joining Sunshine State running back Joshua Hicks (Palmetto, Fla./Palmetto).