Joe Nelson today became the newest BYU football commit, announcing his decision via Twitter:
— Joe Nelson (@Joe13Nelson) January 24, 2017
The 6-foot-3 185 receiver preps at Issaquah High School (WA), where as a junior he caught nearly 600 yards and scored nine touchdowns. He is also an accomplished track and field athlete, recording a high jump of 6’5”, a long jump of 21’10”, and a triple jump of 44’10”, while also participating in the decathlon. Check out this video that shows his amazing 65 inch box jump.
We caught up with Nelson to ask him about his commitment:
Q: Why did you choose BYU?
A: I chose BYU because coach Cahoon seems like someone I really want to play for. Also, seeing coach Sitake’s passion gets me excited to play for BYU and so does being able to go to school in a spiritually enriching environment.
Q: Why of you feel BYU is a good fit for you?
A: Because they let their athletes make plays and Ive always looked good in blue and white 😉
Q: What do you most look forward to in suiting up for the Cougars?
A: Making big plays with a “Y” on the front of my jersey and a “NELSON” on the back.
Q: What other schools were showing you love in the recruiting process?
A: Boise St, Hawaii, Air Force, Army, Oregon St, Columbia, Yale, and Wassu all gave me love.
Q: What are some of your favorites?
A: Book of Mormon (book), Dumb and Dumber (movie), The Killers (band), Fruity Pebbles (breakfast cereal), the Seahawks (NFL team), Golden Tate (player in the Pros), Spider Man (superhero)
Q: Who is a current player (collegiate or pro) that you seek to emulate on the field?
A: AJ Green or Paul Richardson
Q: What is your greatest accomplishment in sports?
A: Beating the returning state champs my junior year.
Q: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
A: My dad asked me: “how can you know your favorite flavor of ice cream if you havent tried all 31 flavors?” (In reference to dating)
Nelson is rated 2-stars by Scout, and is not rated by Rivals or ESPN. He holds scholarship offers from Air Force, Army, and Columbia and has also seen recruiting interest from Boise State, Harvard, Oregon State, Utah State, Washington State, Wyoming, and Yale. He plans to served an LDS mission, starting in summer of 2017.
|Hometown:||Issaquah, Washington||High School:||Issaquah|
|Class:||2017||HT/WT:||6’3”, 185 lbs.|
|Position:||Wide Receiver||40 time:||4.58|
|Profiles:||MaxPreps, HUDL||20yd shuttle:||4.14|
|Offer date:||?||Commit date:||January 24, 2017|
|Rivals:||(2 / 5)|
|Scout:||(2 / 5)|
|ESPN:||(2 / 5)|
|Average:||(2 / 5)|
- Joe Nelson wows onlookers with 65 inch box jump – Kirk Knudsen, Northwest Prep Report, July 22, 2016
- Issaquah’s Joe Nelson branches out with decathlon training – Neil Pierson, The Issaquah Press, April 29, 2016
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