February 21, 2012

Houston Looking West Again

The University of Houston finished the 2012 recruiting campaign with an impressive class, featuring one of the biggest surprises on National Signing Day, when they virtually stole Fresno (CA) Washington Union four-star receiver Deontay Greenberry from Notre Dame. It appears as if Houston is not finished tapping into the talent rich Golden State, one of their latest offers goes out to Visalia (CA) College of the Sequoias cornerback Steven Nelson.

The 6-foot, 185-pound cornerback has been getting interest from a mixed variety of schools.

"Everything is going well," Nelson said of the recruiting process. "A lot of schools are starting to open up to me, I already have the offer from Houston, Middle Tennessee State has offered, and I'm getting some interest from schools like Cal, Missouri, Georgia, Utah and Colorado."

While he's open to anyone, Nelson does list Houston in his top five.

"I'm really looking at Georgia because that's where I'm from," said the talented defender. I also like Cal, Houston, Kentucky and Missouri, those are probably my top five schools right now, they're all great programs."

Last season as a freshman for College of the Sequoias Nelson played a big role for his Giants chipping in with 29 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, two interceptions and six pass breakups.

With schools all over the country expressing interest in Nelson, he could potentially play in any part of the country he desires, but admits it'd be nice to be closer to home.

"Location kind of plays a factor," he added. "I want my family to be able to come out and support me, I'd also like to find a school with great coaches who don't show favoritism and gives everyone an equal chance to shine, bottom line is I just want to be a part of a great program."

Nelson is looking to have another strong season, which should bring even more interest his way and believes both he and his JUCO team should improve in 2012.

"Coming in as a freshman we had I think 62 freshmen coming in," he said. "We didn't have any chemistry as a team last season, we didn't do as well as we thought we would. This year everyone knows each other and we're going to have a great team this year."

As interest in Nelson is likely to grow the Cougars could be a big player for his services at the next level thanks to the relationships that coach Jamie Christian has built in California.

"Coach (Jamie) Christian has been recruiting me from Houston," the JUCO standout said. I haven't talked to him in a while, I'm still trying to get to know him a little bit but he seems to be a good guy and a lot of the coaches here have a great relationship with him, so I know I'll have a good relationship with him as well."

Nelson's ties to Houston don't stop there.

"Houston has a great program as everyone can see based on what they did last year," Nelson added. "They're going to the Big East and I think that's good, I also have a cousin at Texas Southern and he tells me that their facilities and campus look great."

With his coach's relationship with Christian and his family ties in Houston, the Cougars will get some serious consideration from the talented corner.

"I'm definitely considering Houston," Nelson said. "They're in a big city, they're going to the Big East, I'm definitely considering them and I can't put them down."

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