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Four-star safety has tough decisions

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Four-star Sumter (S.C.) safety
Maurice
Nelson says the Clemson Tigers maintain their spot atop his list of
prospective schools.
"I like a lot of schools right now, but Clemson is still the No. 1 choice," said
Nelson, a member of the Rivals.com
South Carolina
Top 25
team and one of the nation's
top-rated
safeties. "They were the first school to offer me, the first camp I ever
went to, and they've always shown the most interest. Also, my brother
(linebacker Roosevelt Nelson) is there, so it would be a special thing to play
college football with him. Not too many brothers get that opportunity.
"But I've got to be my own man and make the best decision for me as an
individual, so I'm keeping my options open. South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland
and Tennessee are all pushing pretty hard, making it a hard decision."
Nelson has official visits scheduled for Dec. 13 (Georgia) and Jan. 10
(Clemson). "The other three, I don't know," he said. "I wish I had more because
it's going to be tough to figure out where I'm going with those."
Nelson (6-2, 210, 4.43, 315 bench, 500 squat) has the physical tools to play
strong safety or perhaps outside linebacker on the next level. "I'm playing
outside linebacker right now, but almost every college coach I talk to says I'd
be perfect for strong safety. They like my speed and coverage there, also my
ability to come up and hit."
He's done a lot of that so far in his senior season, recording 54 tackles and
five tackles for loss in four games. He also has one interception and a forced
fumble.
As a junior, Nelson finished the season with 132 tackles, 11 TFL, five sacks,
two interceptions and eight pass break-ups to establish himself as one of the
South's top prospects.
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