July 15, 2009

Sabino speedster won't let surgery slow him down

Tucson, Ariz. athlete Keanu Nelson is known for his speed, but even he couldn't run away from a knee injury that led to a minor surgery in the last month. Despite the procedure, Nelson hasn't seen the interest in his services on a football field slow and holds 14 scholarship offers.

"Our seven-on-seven season is over," Nelson said. "The one we had at San Diego State I ended up hurting myself in. I had a partially torn meniscus. I had my knee scoped about two weeks ago, so I project to be back in three or four weeks."

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.

Those numbers have netted him scholarship offers from Colorado State, Nebraska, Brigham Young, Colorado, Stanford, Arizona, San Diego State, UCLA, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington, Washington State, Idaho and Northern Arizona. This far he has two visits he knows he wants to take to schools who have offered a scholarship - UCLA and Stanford. He will be visiting Southern California soon with the hopes of receiving an offer.

Nelson said he doesn't have any favorites as yet, but is working on it.

I hope by the time the season starts, or first day of school, I want to have a visit schedule and even a short list," Nelson said. "Time is a little more of a factor, but I still have a lot of time. I don't have to make a short list in August, but that is something I am going to do."

Nelson said he is still hearing from Colorado State quarterbacks coach Daren Wilkinson and said the Rams are still in the picture.

"I think they are no different than any big-name schools," Nelson said. "One thing I like about Colorado State is they like me on the offensive side of the ball. They are one of the schools that wants me on the offensive side of the ball."

Nelson added that he is also turning his attention to a successful high school season and a run at an Arizona State Football title.

"Fall practice is August 3 or something," Nelson said. "Our goals we want to win a state championship. Anyone can say that, but to a certain amount of teams that actually means something. The last two years we went into the playoffs and lost to lower seeds, so we need to focus. We are a senior based team and we have some juniors we can plug into places."

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