Penn state OV June 10th 🔵⚪️ Penn state fans show me some love !!
— Trickster 🃏 (@dakaari_nelson) June 5, 2022
Penn State is in Nelson’s top six, along with Auburn, Clemson, Kentucky, Oregon and Tennessee.
247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Cooper Petagna had this to say in his evaluation of Nelson, posted in February.
“Verified at 6-foot-2 and 190-pounds plus, appears to possess the growth potential to add additional weight to his frame. Three-phase player, displays above average athleticism in all phases of the game.
Positioned the majority of snaps at the safety position, also sees some time at the corner position. Flashes some good feel and instincts as a press man defender. Wins with physicality and length at the point of attack. Long speed to play the deep part of the field is somewhat of a concern, but shows the ability to add coverage ability in the short to intermediate part of the field. Displays excellent ball production and awareness. Recorded 8 INTs in his junior season, in addition to two pick-6s. Limited sample size as a tackler on film, but flashes some physicality at the point of attack.
Position projection will depend on physical growth but skill set points to playing closer to the line of scrimmage in a hybrid safety-backer role at the next level. Physical traits translate to playing more in the box with ability to play sideline to sideline and be of value in the passing game as a coverage defender. Projects as an above average multi-year starter at a Power Five program at the next level and will add value on multiple special teams units.”
Penn State offered Nelson last August. He doesn’t have any other official visits scheduled at this time.
At this stage, Conrad Hussey is Penn State’s only safety commit for the 2023 class. If Nelson is to commit, he’d be Penn State’s highest rated safety with his four-star rating.