Playing for one of the most storied high school programs in the country at Tulsa (Okla.) Union, defensive end Chase Nelson had the perfect stage to show a national list of colleges what he could do. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound got down to business early and the offers followed quickly from numerous colleges.
From Arkansas, Tennessee, UCLA, and Minnesota to Big 12 teams like Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Iowa State, and others, it was all falling into place for the No. 7 rated player in the state. However, the in-state Oklahoma Sooners had yet to pull the trigger on an offer of their own.
That has changed.
"Yeah, Oklahoma offered me about two weeks ago," Nelson said about the next offer on his list. "They called me up and made sure that I got it in the mail. It didn't really surprise me that they offered, because you kind of start getting a feel of when a school is going to offer."
The offer is definitely big, but Nelson is dead-set on evaluating all options first before making any quick decisions.
"I'm going to consider all of my options at the same time," Nelson said. "I'm not leaning at all to any school right now. I'm also going to wait until I take my ACT again before I start scheduling my visits later in the fall."
With an elongated time-frame for his decision and trips, Nelson has still thought about where he might like to see on a few of those treks.
"Right now, UCLA, North Carolina, and Tennessee are definite trips I'll make," Nelson said about upcoming official visits. "They're just schools I've liked since I was a little kid and some of those places you just have to go see."
Nelson, who describes himself as a hard worker, and his Union team have only suffered one loss to tradition-rich high school Jenks to put a 2-1 record on the season.
The No. 34 rated defensive end in the country thinks he is really finding his stride.