Four-star Sumter (S.C.) safety
Maurice Nelson says family was underlying factor when it came time to
make his college decision.
"With Clemson, it was all about family," he said. "I've
been around their program for a long time now, been to a bunch of games and know
a lot of the players. It's a real tight family there. Plus, part of my real
family, my brother (linebacker Roosevelt Nelson) is there. I became friends with
a bunch of those guys because of him.
"Deep down inside, I've known for a long time that
Clemson was the place for me."
Nelson (6-2, 210, 4.43) is a member of the Rivals.com
South Carolina Top 25 team and one of the nation's No. 13 safety. He
picked the Tigers over Maryland, Georgia and South Carolina.
"They were all hard to say no to," he said. "All of
those teams had been on me for a long time. Maryland and Georgia were two of the
first to offer me, so they made it a tough decision. I'm relieved to have my
decision made, though. Now I can just concentrate on school and get back to a
little bit of my regular life."
Nelson capped his senior season at Crestwood with 120
tackles, eight tackles for loss and three interceptions.