It took two game films for Ohio State to get excited about Quenton Nelson (Red Bank, N.J./Red Bank Catholic). It took one television program for Nelson to like what the Buckeyes have to offer.
Speaking of offers, Ohio State gave one to the 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive tackle out of the class of 2014. And the Buckeyes did it site unseen as Nelson has never been to any of Ohio State’s camp. But offensive line coach Ed Warinner, who is recruiting Nelson, knows a good lineman when he sees one.
“I sent him my first two game films and he really liked them,” Nelson said. “It’s a pretty big offer. It gives me a great opportunity to build a good relationship with him.”
The offer wasn’t the first for Nelson as Boston College, Old Dominion and Rutgers had previously thrown their hat in the ring, with Penn State adding its name to the pool the same day as Ohio State.
But the Buckeyes’ offer might have been the biggest as Nelson was taken aback after watching a story about it on television.
So much so that Nelson said he is trying to make it over to Columbus for an unofficial visit on Oct. 20 -- his bye week -- for the Purdue game.
“I’m expecting some crazy fans,” Nelson said. “I was watching something on ESPN on Ohio State and they would go up to random fans and ask them questions about the Ohio State program, the history and players in the past and all of them -- even the kids that go to Ohio State -- knew the answers. It blew me away.”
Nelson also has interest from Michigan State, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wisconsin.