Last week Budda Baker decided Oregon wasn't a good fit for him, but speedy Florida athlete Charles Nelson might just find it a perfect match.
Nelson visits this weekend along with Idaho safety Khalil Oliver and defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao.
No, not that Charles Nelson...
The star running back/receiver/returner/defensive back from the Seabreeze Sandcrabs of Daytona Beach, Nelson tore his ACL in 2012 and missed most of his junior year. That set him back in the recruiting chase, for only for a while: in his superb senior campaign he had 50 catches for 766 yard and nine touchdowns, adding a 91-yard kickoff return and four interceptions. He averaged 48.6 yards a kick return and 15.3 yards a catch.
Just as quickly he garnered 18 scholarship offers, including Notre Dame, USC, West Virginia, the Ducks and Florida.
Nelson's just 5-9, 170 but plays bigger. He zooms into open spaces and has a deft stop/start move. A smooth, natural receiver with great hands, he transitions quickly and baffles tacklers, a threat to score on every touch. Devastating quick and decisive, he sports a 4.39 40 and a 10.5 100, with a 300-pound bench press and a 405-pound squat, tremendous pound-for-pound strength, indicative of an exceptional work ethic.
...This Charles Nelson. (Chris Hayes, Orlando Sentinel photo).
He had such a great time on his USC visit last week that he eliminated Florida, down to his top four on the eve of his visit to Eugene.
His senior highlight film can be found HERE.
Well as of today, Charles has QUACKKKED! (verbally committed).
Says he loves the school and the program, and that it feels like home.
Welcome home Charles.
Thanks, Dale. His highlights are more DAT-like than I'd imagined right down to his number 6, his sprinter's 'lean into the tape' as he crosses the goal line, his field and blocker awareness and nose for developing gaps, his cuts and change of direction, his versatility on both sides. Hope he enjoys his visit and the Ducks do offer, as his other top 3 schools already have. Hope he realizes that of his top four, Ducks have been better, in the national top 10 for the last 5 years and are projected in way-to-early polls to be #2 or #3 next year. In case he's interested, U of O, located in Tracktown USA, has a traditionally top national track team, the other 3 not so much. Hope he doesn't mind watching it rain while he works out in the HD complex (sure beats the weather in South Bend). His elimination of Florida and remaining favorites means he has no problem being far from home. Here's to Chuck being a Duck.
Darn, I was hoping we could get a combo, Charles and Paul Lynde. Good to see that the coaches haven't let Budda's backing out stop them, Nelson sounds like he'd be a great Duck, the info reminds me of Addison, hope he and Trey and Oliver have a produck-tive visit.
Great observations. The fact that he was seriously interested in USC indicates he's not concerned about distance from home.
@rgyleWell, there you go, a great combination of posts, mine, with a with a reference to a tv show many hoped to have forgotten entirely, and yours with actual football insight and useful commentary. What more could a blog hope to offer!
Really liked Oliver's highlight tape also, and I'll be writing him up soon.
@Dale Newton@rgyleDefinite good points, Dale. Oregon has now reached the level where it is normal now for a player to have an Oregon hat on the table to pick from. When, if a player chooses Oregon over a traditional power, it's not a shock! The distance from home is definitely an issue, and part of the geographical situation that the Ducks will always have to overcome.