Steven Nelson, a junior college DB from Warner Robins, committed to UGA on Thursday.
The 6-foot, 185-pound speedster picked the Bulldogs over offers from Houston and Middle Tennessee State. He also had interest from Utah, Colorado and Cal.
“First of all, I’ve been a UGA fan since I was a young’un,” Nelson told the AJC. “A couple of Georgia coaches used to come watch my football games in high school but I didn’t have the grades. So I had to come to junior college first. Now I have the grades and I got an offer from Georgia today, so I committed. I think it’s going to be great.”
Nelson graduated from Northside-Warner Robins High School last year and signed to play at California’s College of the Sequoias this past fall.
Nelson is expected to enroll at Georgia in January 2013. He is UGA’s sixth commitment for its 2013 recruiting class — and second at DB (Sandy Creek’s Shaq Wiggins).
It was a quick courtship with UGA, which projects Nelson to play cornerback and return punts. Nelson said he was recently clocked at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
“I spoke with [UGA assistant Scott Lakatos]; he called me today and we talked for a good hour,” Nelson said. “I told him I wanted to play at UGA, and he said he wanted a guy like to me to come and compete. He offered me, and we finished talking. Then I called my coach out here and asked him what I should do. My coach told me to go ahead and commit, so I followed his advice.”
Nelson started all 10 games this year as a freshman at cornerback, registering 42 solo tackles, 13 pass breakups and 4 interceptions.
“[Lakatos] loves Steven; they think he’s a guy who came come in and contribute immediately,” said Fred Zepeda, DB coach at the College of the Sequoias. ”They like how he has really good feet and vision of the field. And they love how he’s so big and physical with that type of speed. The guy runs around 10.9 or 10.7 in the 100 meters at that size. Basically, he’s a hell of an athlete.”
“Georgia loves that he’s a 3-2 player, and will be graduating in December, with three years to play two there. He’s a real smart kid with a 3.3 GPA. He’s getting it done in the classroom like he’s supposed to be doing, and he’s a very good character guy.”
UGA commits for 2013
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