Bill O’Brien has received a letter of intent from Hershey offensive tackle Andrew Nelson. When the 6’5″ 270 pound Nelson committed to Penn State last April, he was a bit of an unknown. At the time, he was an under-the-radar prospect who most fans (and some coaches) hadn’t yet heard of. After committing, Andrew dedicated himself to an offseason routine built to enhance his explosiveness and strength. As a result, Nelson is now a four star prospect, according to 247Sports and passed on offers from Missouri, Northwestern, Pitt and Maryland. If Nelson had not made it clear to other schools that Penn State was his dream school, his offer sheet would likely have tripled in size.
Andrew is a big, strong tackle who should find great success under the coaching of Mac McWhorter. He’ll redshirt in 2013 while adding weight to his massive frame, but look for him to push for time at right tackle in 2014 as a redshirt freshman. There are few other tackles on the roster with his natural ability. He’ll need to work on his pass-blocking technique but as a run blocker, he does an exceptional job of engaging the defender and staying with his block. His highlight reel is full of pancake blocks and the kids who do stay on their feet end up being pushed several yards away from the play. I think the Penn State staff found a real gem in Nelson. It won’t be long before he is guarding the blindside of a fellow classmate.
When I asked Andrew what time he would be sending his LOI into Penn State, he replied “As early as possible!”
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