Sabre Scoop: The Latest On Chris Nelson

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Nelson Updates Status

There is still a long, long way to go until we arrive at National Signing Day for the class of 2014, but right now the University of Virginia has only one commitment in the class. It is from Victory Christian Academy (Lakeland, FL) defensive tackle Chris Nelson , who pledged to head coach Mike London in August of 2012. Nelson, though, has visited several other schools in recent weeks and months, including Florida, Miami, and South Florida.

Updating the status of his commitment to UVa, the 6’3″, 280-pound prospect said: “Right now, it’s a little shaky. But right now, I’m still locked on to Virginia. I’m still talking with my parents about it.”

Nelson added: “I made a commitment with the Virginia coaches, and I want to stick with it. I just want to make the right decision.”

Nelson, who tentatively plans to attend UVa’s Spring Game, discussed why he is exploring other schools.

“I’ve still got another year to look and search,” Nelson said. “Then, there is also the coaching change. I got in deep with Coach (Jeff) Hanson, but now he’s gone. It’s kind of a small deal, but I have to build new relationships.”

UVa was the first school to offer Nelson, who, after he committed, added offers from Purdue and South Florida. The Bulls came through just last weekend. Duke, Florida, Louisville, and Miami have expressed serious interest as well.

“USF impressed me, school-wise,” Nelson answered when asked what other schools, besides Virginia, have impressed him so far. “I’d say Florida is up there, too.”

A plus for the Cavaliers is Demeitre Brim , a close friend and former high school teammate of Nelson’s. How big of a plus is the current Cavaliers freshman linebacker?

“I kind of try to separate [his relationship with Brim] from my pick, but it’s still a factor,” Nelson said.

Virginia likes Nelson as a defensive tackle. South Florida mentioned Mike linebacker. Florida mentioned fullback. Nelson, who played with what he called a “minor