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It’s down to
the wire for Nelson

Written by Andrew Spivey, January 10, 2014, 0 Comments,
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With the dead period extending all the way through January 15th, prospects essentially have only three weekends to take  official visits before National Signing Day.

That makes things tough for guys like receiver Charles Nelson (5-9, 170, Daytona Beach, FL Seabreeze) who will take a midweek visit in addition to three on the weekends.

“Next week I go to USC,” Nelson said. “The following week I go to West Virginia and the day I get back on the 26th I go straight to Florida for a Sunday through Tuesday visit. After that I fly out to Oregon on the 30th. I will spend two days at each school.”

After offering Nelson back in November, the Gators cooled off for a short period of time but the Daytona prospect says things are good again between him and Florida.

“I realized that they were going through a bunch of coaching changes and stuff,” Nelson said. “After everything was settled they called back and apologized for not calling me as much. I understand they had a lot going on so everything is good.”

Now that things are squared away, receivers coach Joker Phillips has spoken to Nelson about the Gators’ new offense.

“I like the spread offense a lot because that’s what we run in high school,” Nelson said. “I see myself fitting in very well in that offense because it gets playmakers the ball in open space. Coach Phillips was telling me they need more playmakers for that offense.

With four official visits coming up, Nelson will have an opportunity to see how each school would be a good fit for him.

“I need to see what the place has to offer,” Nelson said. “Go there see the place and make sure I fit in there and if I could see myself going to school there. I want to meet the players and see if I could play with them and fit in with them.”

Nelson’s decision will probably come down to the wire.

“I’ll commit possibly on signing day, well most likely then,” Nelson said. “My final schools are USC, Florida, Oregon, West Virginia and Notre dame which I visited before Christmas.”

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About Andrew Spivey

Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.

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With the dead period extending all the way through January 15th, prospects essentially have only three weekends to take  official visits before National Signing Day.

That makes things tough for guys like receiver Charles Nelson (5-9, 170, Daytona Beach, FL Seabreeze) who will take a midweek visit in addition to three on the weekends.

“Next week I go to USC,” Nelson said. “The following week I go to West Virginia and the day I get back on the 26th I go straight to Florida for a Sunday through Tuesday visit. After that I fly out to Oregon on the 30th. I will spend two days at each school.”

After offering Nelson back in November, the Gators cooled off for a short period of time but the Daytona prospect says things are good again between him and Florida.

“I realized that they were going through a bunch of coaching changes and stuff,” Nelson said. “After everything was settled they called back and apologized for not calling me as much. I understand they had a lot going on so everything is good.”

Now that things are squared away, receivers coach Joker Phillips has spoken to Nelson about the Gators’ new offense.

“I like the spread offense a lot because that’s what we run in high school,” Nelson said. “I see myself fitting in very well in that offense because it gets playmakers the ball in open space. Coach Phillips was telling me they need more playmakers for that offense.

With four official visits coming up, Nelson will have an opportunity to see how each school would be a good fit for him.

“I need to see what the place has to offer,” Nelson said. “Go there see the place and make sure I fit in there and if I could see myself going to school there. I want to meet the players and see if I could play with them and fit in with them.”

Nelson’s decision will probably come down to the wire.

“I’ll commit possibly on signing day, well most likely then,” Nelson said. “My final schools are USC, Florida, Oregon, West Virginia and Notre dame which I visited before Christmas.”

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