Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Plantation High
6-foot-2, 310 pounds
Stats: Made 80 tackles and 8.5 sacks as a senior … Had 45 tackles, including 10 sacks, and eight forced fumbles as a junior.
Ratings: Considered a three-star recruit and the No. 43 defensive tackle in the country by Rivals.com … Rated three stars, No. 60 player in Florida and No. 55 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com … Regarded as a three-star recruit, the No. 48 defensive tackle in the country and No. 106 player in Florida by ESPN … Given three stars by 24/7 Sports and ranked as the No. 64 defensive tackle nationally and No. 142 recruit in the state … Listed as the No. 27 defensive tackle in the South by Southern Prep Stars.
Honors/accomplishments: Named first-team All-County by the Sun-Sentinel … Selected to play in the Nike Florida All-Star Game … Also wrestles.
Recruitment: Despite an impressive offer list that included Arkansas, Illinois, Louisville, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, West Virginia and Wisconsin among others, Nelson was immediately attracted to NC State when they offered in January. In a whirlwind recruitment that lasted about three weeks, Nelson officially visited Raleigh Feb. 1 and verbally committed a day later before his trip even ended.
Recruiter of record: Defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Ryan Nielsen.
2013 projection: If Nelson makes the field next fall it will be a tribute to his talents since NC State returns most of its defensive tackles from last season.