Maurice Nelson is fresh off an appearance in the South Carolina North-South all-star game and has a leader. He also has narrowed things down to four schools.
"If I had to pick a favorite right now I'd say it would probably be Clemson," said the 6-foot-2, 210-pound safety. "They have a really nice combination of academics and athletics and I get along with their staff really well. They also plan to continue improving their facilities, which are already some of the best in the ACC. Coach Bowden and I talk a lot."
Nelson anchored a tough Sumter (S.C.) Crestwood defensive secondary which was one of the best in the state. He had the opportunity to play in South Carolina's North-South all-star game and performed well against some of the top talent in the region.
"I had a nice time," said Newton. "Guys like Syvelle Newton, Tramaine Billie, and Marcus Howard played on my team, the South. We lost 34-24 but overall I think I played pretty good. I had about 10 tackles, six of which were solo I think."
What trips does Nelson have coming up?
"The first trip is to Clemson (Jan. 10) after the break from school. Then I'll be at South Carolina (Jan. 17), Maryland (Jan. 24), and Georgia (Jan. 31). Since the trips are kind of late the decision will be near Signing Day, but I probably won't wait until the last day.
"I'm going to the Clemson bowl game against Texas Tech over the break, which is going to be fun. Maybe I'll get a chance to talk to some people, but who knows. I've had in-home visits from Clemson, Sorth Carolina and Maryland and they're probably going to come back again some time."