September 24, 2009
2011 QB visiting UA
Theodore, Ala. junior quarterback Chris Nelson established himself last season as one of the top up-and-coming prospects in the state and after a fast start to the 2009 season, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound signal caller is starting to receive lots of attention from college programs from around the country.
"We're 4-0 so far and we're heading to Troy this week to play Henderson which should be a great game," said Nelson. "I've been pretty happy with my performance so far this year. I've got seven touchdowns passing and two more rushing and I feel like I'm getting better every week. I love that my coaches are letting me run a pro-style offense. It may not be as easy as some other high school offenses but it's something that's going to help everyone on our team be more prepared for the college game."
While Nelson remains focused on his junior season at Theodore, recruiting is beginning to ramp up with several BCS conference schools showing early interest.
"I'm getting letters pretty much every day now. I'm hearing from Florida State, UCLA, Notre Dame, Georgia, Louisville and Vanderbilt. Alabama and Auburn have also both been showing me a lot of attention so I'm glad the in-state schools are noticing me. Nobody ever believes me but I really grew up cheering for both schools. I know most people in this state pick a side but I just love football and I love watching both teams play."
Nelson will visit Tuscaloosa this weekend unofficially to take in the Crimson Tide's SEC opener against Arkansas.
"I'm really excited about going up to the game this weekend. I've been to Alabama for their Junior Day but I've never been there for a game. I'm interested to see what the campus is like in a game day environment and what the atmosphere is like inside the stadium during the game."
While Nelson is still waiting to receive his first round of written offers, the junior said he plans on taking it slow with the recruiting process, preferring to wait until after the end of senior season before making a college decision.
"I'm planning on taking my time with the recruiting process. The one thing I don't want to do is commit somewhere early and then find out later that I made the wrong decision. I'm going to spend the offseason working out and improving my techniques and then after the season when I have time to really look hard at all my choices, I'll make a decision."
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