April 8, 2009

Nelson takes part in ASU Junior Day

A weekend visit to Tempe did nothing to help Tucson (Ariz.) athlete Keanu Nelson decide on the school of his future. Nelson was at Arizona State to take part in its Junior Days last weekend and currently holds scholarship offers to Colorado State, Brigham Young, Nebraska and Stanford.

Nelson proved his worth for Sabino High School a year ago as he rushed 75 times for 571 yards and seven touchdowns. He also caught 21 passes for 480 yards and another three scores. His value in the return game is measured by his 443 yards n 17 returns - good for a 26.06 yards per attempt. Nelson carries a 4.5 time in the 40-yard dash, a bench press of 215, squat of 335 and a 33.5 inch vertical leap.

The 160-pounder said although he has four offers right now, he heard from the coaches at Vanderbilt that they were also sending an offer in the mail last week.

This weekend was Arizona State's shot to convince Nelson Tempe was the place for them. Nelson said he was impressed with the facilities and the campus. He added they also saw the inter-squad scrimmage and got to meet their potential position coaches who explained to them the drill work and philosophies they would be a part of as a Sun Devil.

"Their presentation was very nice," Nelson said of ASU's coaches. "Their facilities were great. However, compared to U of A, their presentation was better - it seemed like U of A was a little more personable and a little more formal. It opened my eyes a little bit, because I have never been at their school (ASU) before, so I know what they are all about. For the most part, my interest in them is about the same, but I know more about them."

The Colorado State Rams are continuing to pursue Nelson and the Arizona athlete said he may get to Fort Collins at some point in the spring.

"I talk with Coach Wilkinson all the time," Nelson said. "They want to get me on a visit, but I don't know if I can get up there in time for spring practice. They tell me what their offensive schemes are, their defenses are and same with Nebraska. It's all football talk basically, and what they like to do with their players academically."

In addition to the schools who have sent him scholarship offers, Nelson said he is also getting interest from Brown, Washington State, UCLA and Boise State. Nelson said he is enjoying the recruiting process and feels blessed to have the opportunity to meet different coaches and see different parts of the country. Right now, he is going to take his visits and then start to narrow his options down later in the year. However, he does have some advice for coaches calling him.

"I want to see how are you academically. This is a big concern. Second, how is your football program, but you also have to think that location plays into it. You have to live where you decide. Then you get an idea for how interested they are in you," Nelson said.

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