April 20, 2009

Offers piling up for Nelson

The hometown school offered a scholarship to the local hero last week, as the Arizona Wildcats offered Sabino High School athlete Keanu Nelson during a spring practice. The offer was one of three new offers over the past three weeks. That pushes his number of offers to seven going into his senior season of Arizona high school football.

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.

Those numbers enticed Arizona to offer a scholarship last week. Nelson is very familiar with the Wildcats as, in addition to being the hometown school, they also employ his father in the school's pathology department.

"I was really excited to get that offer," Nelson said. "They are the hometown school. I would never say the U of A is my favorite team, but I always enjoyed watching them play. We have seen them pretty regularly - I think I made all their home games last year."

Nelson said the Wildcats offered him during a one-on-one meeting with Coach Mike Stoops last Wednesday. Nelson spent the afternoon watching a spring practice and then watching film with the Arizona coaching staff.

In addition to the Arizona offer, Nelson also received a scholarship offer from Vanderbilt last week. Nelson said aside from knowing they play in the Southeast Conference and are a very prestigious school academically, he didn't know a lot about them.

San Diego State put their hat in the ring with an offer Monday night, while an official scholarship offer from Washington State - his father's alma mater - also arrived last week. Meanwhile Nebraska, Stanford, Brigham Young and Colorado State all remain in contact with Nelson.

Colorado State has been trying to get Nelson north to Colorado.

"I talked to Coach (CSU quarterbacks coach Daren) Wilkinson on Monday and he was keeping track of me and said he would be down here in May," Nelson said "I feel like they are recruiting me as an athlete because they are arguing about what I could do on each side of the ball. I can't wait to see Coach Wilkinson in person and actually meet him."

BYU called on Wednesday afternoon.

"First, I talked to Coach Tidwell and then they handed me to the receivers' coach and then Coach Mendenhall was talking to me about the fact they look for well-rounded young men and that was the typer of person they were looking for. They want me on a visit so I can check it out. They just called me to let me know they thought I was a special young man."

Nebraska has been trying to get Nelson to their spring game.

"I talked to them the other day and they want me at the spring game," Nelson said. "I don't know if I can do that, because they sell out their spring game, which is crazy to think about. Just hearing about their spring game is ridiculous."

Nelson said he is planning on keeping his options open for the near-term and take some visits while getting acquainted with the colleges recruiting him.

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