His offers reflect how he's been doing on the field, as he says he's been “playing pretty well” for his 6-0 Red Bank Catholic (N.J.) team.
Nelson has been in contact with the Terps since last spring, when he says a member of the staff came to visit him. Then Keith Dudzinski, Maryland's inside linebacker coach, paid another visit to the recruit.
“Coach Dudzinski came to one of my practices this year when he was in the area. He saw me play and after I sent him some film,” said Nelson.
Dudzinksi is the only member of the Terps' coaching staff Nelson has met so far, as he hasn't visited Maryland himself yet, but he likes what he's seen.
“I like him, he's a good guy. He seems like a pretty good coach and Maryland's having a good season this year,” he said.
Nelson watched Maryland beat UVA last weekend, and noted the Terps “played well against them.” However, he hasn't been able to get a first-hand sense of the team yet.
He said he's looking for a school with good academics and a good football program, but singled out the coaching staff as a key factor as well.
“I want a good relationship with my position coach and the strength and conditioning coach,” Nelson added.
While he's looking at schools that are all over, he said proximity to home might matter “a little bit” when it comes to making a decision.
He does not have any favorites yet, and is keeping his recruitment open right now.
Nelson describes himself as a “physical, athletic player,” and said run blocking is his clear biggest strength on the field.
“My team runs the ball a lot and I play to the whistle,” he said.