November 4, 2007

Tide makes big impression on Nelson

Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide are on the look out for big-time defensive back prospects to help bolster their secondary in 2008 and Louisiana native Jerico Nelson certainly fits the bill. The 5-foot-10, 186-pound athlete is rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and has received offers from nearly every major powerhouse program in the Southeast. This weekend, Nelson took a visit to Tuscaloosa to watch the Tide take on his home state LSU Tigers and was impressed by what he saw of Saban's squad.

"I went to the game Saturday morning with my quarterback Robby Green and Jonathan McKnight who is Joe's little brother. It was my first time at an Alabama game and I had a great time. The people I met were awesome. I was surprised because the student section knew who we were. They were calling our name and telling us to come to Alabama, I didn't expect that since I'm from out of state," Nelson said. "During the game the fans were even louder. Even when Alabama was down early they were still loud and I think they played a big part in bringing them back. You can tell they love their football team. It was exciting before, during and after the game. It was even better than I thought it would be."

Nelson said he had a great time watching the game, in which Alabama nearly pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year against the No. 3 ranked LSU.

"The game itself was great. Both team left everything they had on the field and I thought Alabama might pull it out but they just came up a couple of plays short. There were a couple of questionable overturns on plays that could have made the difference in the game. It was that close," Nelson said. "Anyone who watched that game should appreciate teams who were playing that hard and giving everything they have. That was the kind of game it was. There weren't any losers. Both teams played great and both coaches made great calls. It was a lot of fun being there."

One major attraction for Nelson when it comes to Alabama is the staff, including Saban's assistants who have all made a good impression on Nelson.

"I talked to Coach Saban and he told me he wanted me to come for an official visit after the year is over. I told him I planned to and that Alabama is a school I'm looking hard at," Nelson said. "I also talked to Coach Kirby (Smart) and (Burton) Burns. They all three told me that if I come to Alabama and do the right thing that I have a chance to come in and play for them and to be part of their championship team. They weren't pushy but they made it clear what they expected to do in the future. I appreciated that."

With Nelson's senior season nearing a close, the nation's No. 29 ranked athlete is getting closer to making his final decision and has narrowed his list to five schools.

"My five favorites are Alabama, LSU, Miami, Tennessee and Florida, I don't have an overall favorite but I'll start putting them in order in December after the season. Right now all are on at the same level," Nelson said. "I plan to take all five official before I decide anything. This weekend's game helped Alabama out a lot. I already liked them but getting a chance to get in their atmosphere and meet everyone was a big plus for them."

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