Four-star DB Keenan Nelson Jr. reveals commitment to Gamecocks

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Four-star CB Keenan Nelson Jr. breaks down South Carolina commitment

247Sports 20 July, 2021 - 09:08am

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So the Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep standout committed to the Gamecocks earlier this month, and he announced his decision Tuesday.

Nelson's other finalist was Penn State, but it was the Gamecocks pushing the hardest to land him.

"When I went down on my visit, it felt good," Nelson said. "It felt like a place I could be. It felt good with coach Beamer and seeing the bond the players had, that really stood out to me."

The idea of playing in the SEC and helping rejuvenate the program appealed to Nelson.

"That's a good thing," he said. "It's always a good thing to be a part of a process and playing a key part in that process is really important, so that is what I am trying to do."

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Nelson will head to South Carolina as a defensive back, and he knows he could find himself playing cornerback, safety or nickel.

"I would like to start out at corner but I know my body type and how versatile I am," he said. "I can play anything on the field. We didn't talk about (specifics), but that is some of the stuff they talked to me about, just how versatile I am."

Without much knowledge of the area or the campus, Nelson was open-minded when he visited the Columbia, S.C., school and left feeling great about it.

"It opened my eyes, but it was somewhere I had never been," Nelson said. "There was going to be some new stuff that I never saw that opened my eyes, so I felt it was new and I never knew all the stuff that was in South Carolina."

Nelson arrived on the recruiting scene as a freshman at St. Joseph’s prep and began getting offers as a sophomore. He said while he enjoyed the process, he is glad it is over so he can relax and focus on football and school.

“I feel like I am going to have a good time now,” he said. “I can chill and relax.”

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