Despite having six scholarship offers, Victor Nelson knows that if he wants to grab the big BCS…
Nelson Names Two Leaders
Victor Nelson, the 6-foot-7, 285-pound, three-star offensive lineman from Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Ill., says he now favors Wisconsin and Vanderbilt, but neither the Badgers nor Commodores have offered him. "They both have great educations and I've got some friends at each place," Nelson said. "They're both just wanting to see how I do this season," he said about the likelihood of getting an offer. "They want to see how my shoulder looks." Nelson had surgery in January for a stretched labrum, which he injured during the last game of his junior season. "It's fine now," he said. "I've regained my strength and flexibility and it feels great." He says that if either the Badgers or Commodores offered him, he'd consider committing. "I'd think about it for sure," he said. "I really like them." Nelson attended the Vanderbilt camp earlier this summer. "I liked the coaches a lot," he said. "The people there were great. It's a very friendly, family-focused environment." The only drawback at Vandy was the weather. "It was a bit warm," he said. "That was the only downfall." He visited Wisconsin for their junior day earlier this year. "I love their history of producing NFL-quality lineman," he said about the Badgers. "I really like the players they've produced and all their tradition. "The players I met were great too," he said. "It's a brotherly place. They really look out for each other there." Nelson ranked as the No. 33 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, favors Wisconsin and Vanderbilt solidly over Indiana, Boston College and Louisville. The final three have offered as well as Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and Western Kentucky. He says he's also being recruited by LSU and Alabama, but neither have discussed offering him yet. Nelson does not have a timeframe for making a decision. "I'll do it whenever it feels right," he said. He says he can bench 255-pounds and can squat 400-pounds three times. "I know how to read when blitzes are coming," he said. "I have good footspeed and move well for five yard blocks. I have good quickness and hand placement, but I want to improve my hip flexibility and stay lower. "I'd also like to get stronger and be more powerful," he said. "I'm still learning more about the game and want to be as knowledgeable as I can." He plans to major in business and reports a 3.4 core GPA and a 28 ACT.
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