NCF On The Trail: Quenton Nelson

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Some big-name schools got some great news on Sunday when Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) broke down his favorites.

The No. 3 offensive guard in the nation and 56th overall player in the ESPN 300, Mama has already scheduled two official visits and has Alabama, BYU, Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA, USC and Wisconsin among his top eight.

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Weekly Commitment Roundup

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ACC
Florida State
Alec Eberle | OG |Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee
HT: 6-4 WT: 271
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

N.C. State
Michael Till |TE-Y |Upper Marlboro, Md./Wise
HT: 6-5 WT: 260
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

North Carolina
Brandon Fritts |TE-H |Mentor, Ohio/Mentor
HT: 6-4 WT: 210
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Pittsburgh
Connor Hayes |OG |Traverse City, Mich./West
HT: 6-4 WT: 270
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Virginia Tech
Travon McMillian |ATH |Woodbridge, Va./Hylton
HT: 5-11 WT: 186
Position Rank: #41 ATH
Stars: 4

Big 12
Baylor
Josh Pelzel |OT |Rockdale, Texas/Rockdale
HT: 6-7 WT: 334
Position Rank: #31 OT
Stars: 3

Chad President |ATH |Temple, Texas/Temple
HT: 6-3 WT: 195
Class of 2015

Kansas State
Sam Sizelove | OLB | Argyle, Texas/Argyle
HT: 6-2 WT: 229
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Texas Tech
Derrick Neal | ATH | Dallas/Lincoln
HT: 5-10 WT: 155
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big East
Rutgers
Peter Mokwuah | DT | Staten Island, N.Y./St. Joseph By The Sea
HT: 6-4 WT: 304
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big Ten
Illinois
Chayce Crouch | QB-PP | Newark, Ohio/Newark Catholic
HT: 6-4 WT: 215
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Michigan
Juwann Bushell-Beatty | OT | Paramus, N.J./Catholic
HT: 6-7 WT: 330
Position Rank: #10 OT
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (120)
Under Armour All-American

Minnesota
Dimonic McKinzy | ATH | Kansas City, Kan./Wyandotte
HT: 6-0 WT: 215
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Steven Richardson | DT | Chicago/Mount Carmel
HT: 5-11 WT: 280
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Pac-12
Arizona State
Avery Anderson | ATH | Colorado Springs, Colo./Pine Creek
HT: 6-0 WT: 166
Class of 2015

Oregon
Morgan Mahalak | QB-PP | Kentfield, Calif./Marin Catholic
HT: 6-3 WT: 185
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Stanford
Christian McCaffrey | ATH | Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian
HT: 6-0 WT: 195
Position Rank: #34 ATH
Stars: 4

USC
Michael Wyche | DT | Monterey Park, Calif./East Los Angeles College
HT: 6-4 WT: 325
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Washington State
Marcus Griffin | DT | Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue
HT: 6-3 WT: 285
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

SEC
Georgia
Sony Michel | RB | Plantation, Fla./American Heritage
HT: 5-11 WT: 194
Position Rank: #2 RB
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (16)

Kentucky
Tymere Dubose | DT | Youngstown, Ohio/Youngstown Christian
HT: 6-5 WT: 245
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Darryl Long | TE-Y | Westerville, Ohio/Westerville
HT: 6-5 WT: 217
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Missouri
Thomas Richard | WR | Nashville, Tenn./Chris Presbyterian
HT: 6-0 WT: 181
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

South Carolina
Kalan Ritchie |TE-Y |Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek
HT: 6-6 WT: 226
Position Rank: #10 TE-Y
Stars: 3

Tennessee
Orlando Brown Jr. |OT |Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge
HT: 6-8 WT: 348
Position Rank: #25 OT
Stars: 3

Kameel Jackson |WR |Arlington, Texas/Blinn College
HT: 6-0 WT: 200
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Vanderbilt
Mikale Wilbon |RB |Chicago/De La Salle
HT: 5-9 WT: 186
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Independents / Misc.
Boise State
Greg Gaines |DT |La Habra, Calif./La Habra
HT: 6-1 WT: 297
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Notre Dame
Elijah Hood |RB |Charlotte, N.C./Catholic
HT: 6-0 WT: 220
Position Rank: #8 RB
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (49)

Quenton Nelson |OG |Red Bank, N.J./Catholic
HT: 6-5 WT: 289
Position Rank: #19 OG
Stars: 4
Whether Quenton Nelson (Red Bank, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) was going to commit anyway was almost irrelevant. Brian Kelly told Nelson to take all the time he needed, that Notre Dame was willing to wait until signing day for the four-star offensive lineman.


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Coaches are allowed one phone call to prospects during the spring evaluation period. Brian Kelly made one of his count.

The Notre Dame coach called four-star guard Quenton Nelson (Red Bank, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) on Wednesday, and Nelson committed on the call.


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The order of the top group for four-star Quenton Nelson (Red Bank, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) open to interpretation.

The 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive lineman listed a top five of Notre Dame, Boston College, Ohio State, Rutgers and Penn State. And is that in order?


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Lessons Learned: New York NFTC 

April, 28, 2013
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The 2013 Nike Football Training Camp tour continued Sunday in New Jersey as several top players from the Mid-Atlantic showcased their skills at the New York Jets' facility.

Here is what RecruitingNation learned:

More than hoops in the city
New York City is not known for producing a large quantity of football talent, but the quality is up there with the rest of the country. Athlete Curtis Samuel (Brooklyn, N.Y./Erasmus Hall) and ESPN 150 defensive tackle Thomas Holley (Brooklyn, N.Y./Abraham Lincoln) were positional MVPs at the camp and among those most impressive players Sunday. Samuel looked smooth in one-on-one drills, and Holley made quick work of the offensive linemen in pass-blocking drills.

Samuel’s future on offense?

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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.


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Back on Oct. 28, ESPN Watch List offensive tackle Quenton Nelson (Red Bank, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) was excited about his offer from the Buckeyes. It was the sixth offer from a BCS school and it set the dominoes in place for what has become an incredible offseason for the junior.

Nelson, who now counts 25 such offers, tried to get to The Horseshoe for the Ohio State-Michigan game last fall, but high school playoffs got in the way and he had to scratch the trip.


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Penn State: 2014 prospects to watch 

February, 7, 2013
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- With signing day 2013 wrapped up, it's time to turn our attention to 2014 recruits. Here are five players the Nittany Lions will be targeting for next year's class:


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OSU's 2014 class emphasizes on line 

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When Ohio State coach Urban Meyer nabbed commit No. 19 in the class of 2013 and it involved defensive tackle Donovan Munger (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights), hardly a ripple of shock went through Ohio State fans.

Meyer’s love for big men to plug up the line isn’t anything new as the Buckeyes push forward following a 12-0 season. In fact, the two-time national champion has made it a regular habit to rotate defensive linemen in and out in an effort to wear down the offensive line.

The fact he has had 11 of them commit in his last two recruiting classes isn’t much of a surprise either.

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One of the top prospects in the New Jersey in the Class of 2014, Quenton Nelson (Red Bank, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) has 15 offers already. Two of those programs stopped in to check up on Nelson on Monday.

North Carolina assistant David Duggan was at Red Bank Catholic on Monday, as was Northwestern assistant Bob Heffner. Both are recruiting the 6-foot-5, 285-pound Nelson for their respective schools.

Nelson is expecting another Big Ten program to come through the school Tuesday. Ohio State assistant Ed Warriner, the Buckeyes' offensive line coach, will be at Red Bank Catholic on Tuesday. He is also Nelson's lead recruiter.

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Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic offensive tackle Quenton Nelson is on his way to collecting just about every Big Ten offer possible. After another Monday, he is almost halfway there.

The 6-foot-5, 285-pound Class of 2014 tackle gave Northwestern assistant coach Bob Heffner a call Monday, and Heffner promptly extended an offer.

"I know the football program is doing pretty well (7-2 on the season) and the academics are fabulous," said Nelson, who places a priority on education. "They're building this new facility and it's going to be sick -- I looked it up on the computer."

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A loss did not put a damper on Quenton Nelson's visit to Penn State. The Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic junior offensive tackle was still amazed at the scene in Beaver Stadium on Saturday.

One of the top players in New Jersey in the 2014 class, Nelson was making his second visit to Penn State but his first Nittany Lions game.

"It was incredible. The student section and the fans were just crazy," Nelson said. "It was so loud it had to be hard for the linemen to hear the snap count."

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One of the hottest 2014 recruiting commodities as of late has a prognostication for how Ohio State will finish its season: 12-0.

At least that’s what offensive tackle Quenton Nelson (Red Bank, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) said following an unofficial visit to Penn State for Ohio State’s 35-23 win over the Nittany Lions.

There were quite a few people who penciled in a Penn State win over the Buckeyes before the game. Nelson wasn’t so sure.

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For Quenton Nelson (Red Bank, N.J./Red Bank Catholic), it is almost to the point where he might start remembering days by which team offered that day.

Michigan State and Virginia would be Tuesday, and now Wisconsin will be Wednesday.

The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Class of 2014 offensive tackle reported that Wisconsin offered a scholarship Wednesday night. Running backs coach Thomas Hammock extended the offer.

"I know that they have a history of getting lineman into the nfl but I haven't talked to my position coach or seen wisconsin yet," Nelson wrote in a text message. "So I don't have much to say about [the offer]."

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