May 7, 2009

California schools offer CSU target

The hits keep coming for Tucson (Ariz.) athlete Keanu Nelson. The Sabino star picked up scholarship offers from UCLA and San Diego State last week, running his number of offers to seven heading into spring.

"(UCLA assistant coach) Reggie Moore visited me at school and I asked them where I stood in being able to get an offer from them," Nelson said. "It turns out they had already offered me and I wasn't aware of it.

"I was excited," Nelson added. "They are another Pac-10 school and I think that is some of the best football in the country. I think they are up there academically in the Pac 10 as well. I actually had to be in Orange County last week and I saw their spring game. that was pretty special to be a part of and I feel real good about UCLA."

On the way to Los Angeles last week, Nelson got a call from San Diego State University, which also offered him a full-ride. The Aztecs and Bruins now join a group of schools including Colorado State, Nebraska, Brigham Young, Arizona and Washington State who have offered Nelson a spot on their football team.

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.

Nelson is turning Sabino High School into a must-stop for college coaches recently, as Nebraska, Stanford, Utah and BYU have all been in Tucson to visit Nelson in the past two weeks.

"Ot is kind of neat, but I don't want it to be a distraction from winning a state championship," Nelson said.

Currently, Nelson plans on taking as many visits as he can in order to figure out where he feels the most comfortable.

"I am the type of person who uses a lot of logic and research in making any decision," Nelson added.

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