June 5, 2009

Arizona star still listening to CSU

After a slow start, Keanu Nelson is becoming one of the hottest names in Arizona. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound athlete carries a 4.49 time in the 40-yard dash, the production to make him an All-Region pick and 13 scholarship offers as of Tuesday night.

"You know about Washington (offering a scholarship) and today Utah offered me a scholarship too," Nelson said. "So we are up to 13 offers. I have offers from Colorado State, Utah, BYU, Nebraska, Stanford, U of A (Arizona), Vanderbilt, Washington State, San Diego State, UCLA, Colorado, Idaho and Washington."

Of those offers, six have come in the past month with Nebraska, BYU, Colorado State and Washington State among the first to offer the Sabino High speedster. Humbled by the attention, Nelson said he is not sure why all the offers have come recently.

"I am really not sure," Nelson said. "I have been taking it one day-at-a-time. Maybe because you guys (rivals.com) are doing coverage or my name is getting out there or something. It is good though. I feel really fortunate."

As a receiver, Nelson had 21 receptions for 480 yards and three touchdowns while averaging 22.9 yards per catch. He also picked up 571 yards on the ground and seven more touchdowns while averaging 7.6 yards per rush. His offensive performance saw him earn first-team all-region as a junior. Nelson was also a successful defensive back for the Sabino High School Sabercats last season.

Since the end of the football season, Nelson qualified for the state track meet as a member of the Sabino 4x100 meter relay team. The Sabercats finished sixth in the state with a time of 43.4. With football and track past, Nelson will turn more attention to recruiting and a summer 7-on-7 league. He said doing his research as well as taking some visits will hopefully help him convert his list from 13 suitors to three or four. For now, he isn't closing any doors.

"I listen to whatever coach has to say because every coach tells me the perks of the school," Nelson said. "For example, Utah was undefeated last year. That is appealing. Certain schools like Vanderbilt or Washington State want me to have an impact quickly and that is appealing. Some schools say they like me on all three sides of the ball, so there are appealing things with everyone I talk to."

Colorado State is also keeping Nelson interested.

"Colorado State is still interesting," Nelson said. "I am still in contact with Coach Wilkinson (CSU quarterbacks coach Daren Wilkinson). The last I have talked face-to-face, he took a visit in the spring during the track season and watched us during the regional meet. that was good because we ended up winning the meet as a 4x100 meet."

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