April 17, 2012 at 2:18 PM
Offensive lineman Andrew Nelson (Hershey), like most of the other seven commits in coach Bill O’Brien Class of 2013, is bleeding blue and white already.
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Nelson, who committed to Penn State on Sunday only one day after receving his offer, comes from a Penn State family. His father David graduated Penn State in 1984, and Andrew’s aunt and uncle also went to Penn State.
Here are some of the potent quotables from Nelson’s interview:
- He was initially recruited to Penn State last summer by defensive line coach Larry Johnson. For Nelson, Johnson made him feel at home at Penn State from the get-go. “I know him from camp last year where me and him had a great time,” Nelson said. “Me and him developed a relationship before I developed a relationship with any of the other coaches…he’s just such a great guy, and even though he’s not my position coach, just having him on the staff is something I couldn’t turn down.”
- Andrew’s given first name is actually David, like his father. David played a little football himself, but he was no Andrew. “Well, I played football growing up, but not past high school,” David chuckled. “Andy’s a big kid, but I was nowhere close.” Still, David is a big mentor for Andrew.
- Andrew didn’t want to get into anything Sandusky-related. “I’m going to get a great education and play football,” Nelson said. “All that political stuff is not stuff that I really have anything to deal with.”
- Nelson said he’s excited to be joining O’Brien’s already impressive recruiting class. “I’m very excited,” Nelson said. “Coach O’Brien had an amazing offense in New England...we kind of have, as a recruiting class, a goal to set, because Penn State’s defense has always been amazing, but now it’s our chance to turn the offense around and make it something really special.”