February 8, 2009

Nelson: UT coaches make trip great

In a perfect Longhorn world, Dallas (Texas) Skyline linebacker Corey Nelson wouldn't have left Austin uncommitted.

As one of the state's top linebackers, Nelson ranks as a must-have for a team needing at least three or four players at that position in the 2010 recruiting class.

Yet on a weekend when the Longhorns served notice that they will continue to be the dominating force in the world of recruiting within the Lone Star State, the burnt orange faithful were reminded that the world isn't perfect and not every recruitment ends overnight.

The 6-0, 210-pound Nelson didn't commit. That's the bad news.

The good news?

As one of the school's on top of Nelson's leader-board, the Longhorns were able to leave an impression on him that should have a lasting impact.

"My day was really good," Nelson said. "Talking to the coaches was great. We talked about a lot of things and that talked about being a family and taking care of their players. It was great."

According to Nelson, the time spent with the Texas coaches really opened his eyes to what life would be like as a Longhorn.

"I think just talking to the coaches stood out the most to me," Nelson said. "They talk about everything with so much passion that you just know that they believe the things that they are feeding you. I enjoyed it."

Even though the trip to Austin rated extremely high for Nelson, he made it clear that he's not ready to lean too hard in any direction.

"I'm interested in Texas just like the other schools," Nelson said. "Texas has really opened my eyes. It's just like that with the other schools, too. I might check out some more junior days, but right now I'm just weighing my pros and cons."

As far as the specifics are concerned, Nelson explained that the Longhorns explained their linebacker situation in good detail.

"They talked about the numbers at linebacker," Nelson said. "They are losing three linebackers this year and they are looking for linebackers that have speed and can run sideline-to-sideline. I think they may take three or four or maybe even more. I'm very interested in their defense. (Will Muschamp) said he wants the defense in this class to lead the way for their defense in the future."

Also, don't look for the Longhorns to ask Nelson to make a quick decision.

"No, there's no pressure," Nelson said. "They told me to take my time and to what I need to do before I make a decision. They answered a lot of my questions that I had. My perspective of the school has changed a lot."

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