As the regular season in Texas high school football winds down, the official visit season in the collegiate football recruiting process is starting to heat up. One of the centerpieces in Mike Sherman's 2010 class at Texas A&M
, five-star linebacker Corey Nelson
, will be in College Station this weekend along with fellow Dallas Skyline commit Dominique Patterson
"We play W.T. White on Thursday, so we're taking our official visit and we're going down there Friday morning," Nelson said. "A&M plays Iowa State
at home. I'm looking forward to seeing the gameday atmosphere and hanging out with the players and coaches. The coaches say they have a big surprise for us. "
While Nelson is looking to enjoy himself at the game and spending some time with his future teammates, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound says this is also an important weekend to get a better understanding of the academic environment and the life of an average student at Texas A&M.
"I've seen the football facilities and I'm comfortable with the players and coaches," Nelson said. "But I want to see what's going on outside of football. I want to see how the academic process works and get a feel for the campus atmosphere. I want to experience the daily college life of a student at Texas A&M."
So it doesn't come as a surprise that the Skyline senior wants to study civil engineering. But it's not all academics and schoolwork for Scout.com's No. 3 linebacker in the nation. He's been following the Texas A&M's up-and-down season that in the past two weeks has seen the Aggies lose to KSU in shocking fashion 62-14 only to follow it up a week later with a 52-30 thumping on No. 25 Texas Tech
in Lubbock where the program hasn't won since 1993.
"Every team has a bad game, but 62-14 was pretty bad. I talked to Coach Sherman the night before the Tech game and I told him not to worry that I had faith he was doing the right thing and the team was getting better," Nelson said. "After they beat Tech, Coach Sherman called me and said I was his good luck charm and we needed to talk before every game."
While Nelson is adamant that he's 100% committed to A&M and will sign with the Aggies in February, he is planning to take his other official visits and he wants to go through the recruiting process. Teams under consideration for a visit include Tennessee
, North Carolina
, and possibly Nebraska
"Coach McMillian at A&M has known for a long time that I wanted to take my visits and he trusts me when I tell him I'm going to be an Aggie," Nelson said. "I just want to see some places and take advantage of this opportunity. I have Tennessee scheduled for an official visit on November 6, and then I'm thinking about scheduling later visits with UCLA, Stanford, and maybe North Carolina or Nebraska."
In the meantime, Nelson continues to improve his game while working with his Skyline teammates on the ultimate goal this year – a class 5A state championship. Dallas Skyline has jumped out to a perfect 8-0 record and primed for a run at that elusive title.
"We're playing okay, but we haven't played up to our full potential yet. We need to stay focused and keep working hard if we want to win a state championship," Nelson said. "Individually, I'm playing well. I can always get better, but I've improved in reading my keys and my coverage skills. I've also improved my open field tackling."
After the regular season finale this Thursday against W.T. White, the Raiders will get their shot at a state title with the playoffs starting in two weeks. Last season, Skyline was favored to reach the state finals but was derailed in the quarterfinals by Round Rock Stony Point, a talented team that caught fire and eventually reached the title game in 2008.
As the regular season in Texas high school football winds down,the official visit season in the collegiate football recruiting process is starting to heat up. One of the centerpieces in Mike Sherman's 2010 class at Texas A&M, five-star linebacker Corey Nelson, will be in College Station this weekend along with fellow Dallas Skyline commit Dominique Patterson. Is Mike Davis coming?Surprise Visitor?