Three-star athlete prospect Keanu Nelson (5-11, 160, 4.5) from Tucson (Ariz.) Sabino lived up to his reputation as a big playmaker. In five touches, the talented Nelson racked up 140 yards and that doesn't include his return yards. He also made a hellacious block on an unfortunate soul that sprang a teammate for a 66 yard touchdown. Sabino ended up trouncing Tucson (Ariz.) Sahuaro 54-17.
No wonder the talented Nelson has 14 offers on the table, but the focused young man has already getting specific with his college choices.
"I've narrowed it down to actually six schools," Nelson said. "They are Stanford, UCLA, USC, Arizona, Washington and Utah. I actually have one visit set when we have a bye week on October 24th, for Stanford."
Why these lucky schools?
"All six are great schools," Nelson said. "A lot of them have a lot of similarities and a lot of them have their own little perk them attractive to me. That's pretty much why I picked them. They each had things that were attractive to me and that's why they made the cut."
Did Nelson take any unofficial visits this summer?
"Aside from the U of A, because you know they are here," Nelson said. "I have also seen UCLA and USC.
"I thought UCLA was absolutely beautiful," Nelson said. "I've never seen a campus like that before ever in my life.
"Coach Rick Neuheisel was telling me about it and I believed him, but it was a completely sight when I was actually there in Westwood and being able to see the campus," Nelson said. "I could definitely see myself at UCLA, which is why they are on the list. Just the school alone, is great."
"I thought USC was great, too," Nelson said. "Two of the things that were really nice about both campuses was both of the times I went into the weight room, there were offseason workouts going on at the time that was great to see the players work ethic getting better."
At this point in Nelson's recruitment there isn't a specific timeframe for a decision.
"I'm not going to rush things," Nelson said regarding making his college decision. "This is an important decision, but I don't really have a timeframe. I think I will make my decision whenever it feels right. Whether that be in the near future, or that day be national signing day."
Since Nelson is a standout on both sides of the ball, is there one side of the ball that he is being recruited for?
"I have found the common theme is usually an athlete," Nelson said. "Sometimes the tendency is depending on the position, my recruiter coaches.
"If he is a defensive coach it is usually a little more defensive back and return man. If he's an offensive guy, he usually likes me more as a receiver, but they don't rule out either.
"I think with all schools it's as an athlete, but I think depending on the coach, they kind of favor one side of the ball," Nelson said. "Sometimes there are multiple coaches recruiting me so they talk to me about both."