Penn State picked up a non-binding oral commitment from Hersey (Pa.) High offensive tackle Andrew…
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Andrew Nelson grew up Penn State, and now he is part of it. The Hershey (Pa.) High offensive tackle was on campus Saturday and offered, talked about it with his family, and committed to coach Bill O'Brien today. "I visited Penn State on Saturday and watched the scrimmage and they offered me," he said. "I called (assistant) coach (Larry) Johnson, the defensive line coach, who was my recruiting coach and I had a good relation with since I went to football camp there last year. I called him first and told him, and he was really excited and he told me to call coach O'Brien, and I did, and he had great things to say." The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Nelson also held offers from Maryland, Temple, Pittsburgh, Northwestern and Missouri. He was set to visit Northwestern this coming weekend, but said he will no longer do so. "I've grown up a Penn State fan and my dad, his whole side of family went there," Nelson said. "When Penn State made the offer, it felt like home. It felt right." As a life-long Penn State fan, Nelson said the tradition of the program and the strong academic reputation of the school. He also digs the fact Penn State hosts 110,000 fans for its home games. "The very last seat, in the very last row, a man and a woman pay money to watch some kids play football," Nelson said. "They have great fan support." Before making the trip to Penn State, Nelson wasn't sure if an offer would come his way. However, after getting to campus and interacting with the coaching staff, Nelson had a feel for what would happen as the day progressed. "Once I got there I figured it would probably come," Nelson said. "Penn State didn't have as much contact with me as some other schools, and Maryland did a really good job recruiting me and I liked them a lot, but once I got (to campus) I thought they would offer." The offer also meant what Nelson's dad always preached came to fruition. "It's amazing," Nelson said. "I was telling some people dreams do come true. Since I started playing football, I always wanted to play at Penn State. My Dad always said hard work will pay off. I worked tail off at the camp and it paid off. "I can't wait for senior season to play with all my buddies. I can't wait to get there." Nelson added Penn State is talking about playing him at offensive tackle, and it is something he embraces since O'Brien has an NFL pedigree and knows what to look for in developing players for the next level. "I think they're going to put me at tackle," Nelson said. "I think coach O'Brien is doing really good things with offense. I think the new offense coach O'Brien is going to bring in is great, and it's great for big tackles."
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