The recruitment of four-star Destrehan (La.) athlete Jerico Nelson has moved full steam ahead as the talented running back/safety prospect has picked up several offers from outstanding programs and could have a key offer from Louisiana's major in-state power on the way.
In this exclusive interview with Rivals.com, Nelson talks about the latest and also names a top five.
"Things are going real good in recruiting," Nelson said. "My current top five would be Alabama (no offer), Miami (Fla.), LSU (no offer), Auburn and Florida."
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It was very recently that the 5-foot-10, 183-pounder picked up an offer from the defending National Champion Gators.
"I talked with Florida this past weekend," he said. "(Area recruiter) John Hevesy put me on the phone with (head coach) Urban Meyer and he told me that he thought I was one of the best players in the country and that he wanted me to come play running back or safety for them."
Nelson plans to head to Gainesville for the Gators "Friday Night Lights" camp in July.
LSU's Larry Porter, Rivals.com's National Recruiter of the Year for the Class of 2007, is hot on Nelson's trail for the Bayou Bengals.
"I spoke with coach Porter and he said that he had some good news for me," Nelson said. "He told me to come up to camp this week and check it out. He wants the rest of the staff to meet me and an offer could be coming."
Would an offer from the Tigers change things?
"It would change things a lot because it's close to home," he said. "But then again, I wouldn't mind leaving. It's all going to come down to the depth chart and how many seniors are going to be leaving and things like that."
Nelson will be looking at the depth chart at both running back and safety.
"It doesn't matter (what position)," he said. "Because I like them both. If I can start as a freshman at running back, I'll play running back. If I can start as a freshman at safety, I will play safety."
Nelson will head to Tuscaloosa to check out Alabama next week.
"Coach Nick Saban is really the one recruiting me from Alabama," he said. "He came to my school."
Nelson was in Coral Gables, Fla., earlier this week at Miami's prospect camp. He picked up an offer from the Hurricanes and enjoyed his experience.
"I just got back from down there today," he said. "That was a good camp. I've been going for the past three years. They offered me while I was down there and felt like I gave outstanding effort. I played some running back, some safety and then played a little bit of wide receiver."
Nelson rushed for 1,069 yards and 14 touchdowns for Destrehan last season.