His coach calls him one of the better "true running backs" to come out of Destrehan (La.) High School and Jerico Nelson has the recruiting attention right now to be just that.
Nelson, the 5-foot-11, 205-pounder, had quite the junior season. He rushed for 1,069 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2006. Now, he says that he has verbal offers from several schools and has plans to take things slow with the recruiting process.
"It's going good," Nelson said about recruiting. "Miami, Louisiana Tech, and Ole Miss have said they're going to offer. Miami and Louisiana Tech have talked about it (written offers). They said they're going to keep me updated on getting a letter soon."
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Nelson says that it's his ability to use power and speed to make the big play.
"I'm mobile," he said. "If it's fourth and here, I'll try to run the linebacker over for the first down. If its say third and 10, and I can get by him, I'll try and go that way to make the big play."
Playing time is something that the talented Louisiana running back is looking at, but he also says he doesn't mind having to refine his skills in his first year at the college level.
Nelson also added that he's got a few favorites early in the process.
"There are a few schools I like," he said. "Those are Miami, LSU, Auburn, Ole Miss, and I like Alabama quite a bit too."
The most recent camp trip that Nelson took was a trip to the NIKE Training Camp in Miami. As for any future visits, he hasn't decided on a plan for that just yet.
"I'm just going to wait things out and see what my options are," he said. "That way I can take my visits and see how I like each school."