Hollywood (Fla.) South Broward defensive end Clavion Nelson had been to Kansas and Illinois for official visits. When he traveled north to the University of South Florida this weekend, he was pretty confident he was going to see his future home. After a day on campus, Nelson made it official.
"I committed to South Florida," Nelson said.
The three-star defensive end is being hosted by a current Bull from his area and the words of advice he heard from the current player were pivotal in his decision.
"I'm with (linebacker) Hans Louis, who is from around my way, and he likes it up here," Nelson said. "He showed me around and also told me about the education program and the coaches and how they will support you a hundred percent to graduate, not only be an athlete."
Another reason he will call Tampa home for the next few years is that it is appealing to his parents as well.
"My parents like it up here," Nelson said.
While Skip Holtz played a major role in Nelson's decision, he pointed to a relationship with an assistant coach as being the main reason he felt so comfortable with South Florida even before the visit.
"Coach (Vernon) Hargreaves because we talk as if we knew each other for years," nelson said. "He is a real coach that only wants to make me better."
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end believes he can contribute immediately upon arriving at the Big East program.
"I feel like I can get on the field my freshman year," Nelson said. "Really help the team coming off the edge."