Wayne (N.J.) De Paul Catholic 2014 linebacker Justin Nelson is waiting on his first offer. The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder believes he's close as interest is growing rapidly.
"I've gotten interest from a number of schools, Michigan State, Miami, Penn State, UCLA and all over," he said. "I'm still waiting on that offer.
"All the schools haven't told me why they haven't pulled the trigger, but they love the way I play. They are high on me and I think once the season gets through, it'll be rolling in."
The only visit this season for Nelson was to nearby Rutgers, but he noted plans to take more trips in January. However, specific places are unclear.
So, does Nelson like anyone?
"My top school I eel as far as the schools I've talked to is Michigan State," he said. "I just grew up watching Michigan State play Michigan. I like the football and the way they play. There is something about that school I like."
Visits are happening in a matter of weeks to months, and Nelson gave his take on what he'll be looking for.
"I'm looking for a place I can call home," he said. "I want a place I'm at home at all times. Education has to be my No. 1 priority. I definitely want to go into criminal justice.
"I want the coaches to be interested in me not only as a football player, but also as a student and person. Location isn't a big deal to me, I'm willing to go wherever I'm most comfortable."
The Jersey prospect put together a strong junior season that saw him earn first team all-league honors as he posted 12 sacks.
"I feel like I did pretty well this year," he said. "We're in one of the toughest leagues and I definitely did my part, I contributed.
"I feel like I bring leadership to the team. I'm quick off the ball and have good explosion in my game. I'm an all-around player."