There’s no doubt that three-star athlete Nero Nelson is happy he’ll be playing college football at Mississippi State, but he acknowledged he sure would have liked an offer from another SEC school.
The Simmons (Hollandale, Miss.) High School product wishes UGA would’ve pulled the trigger on an offer, saying, “it would’ve been a tough choice” to decide between the two Bulldogs.
Needless to say, the past is the past, and Nelson is looking forward to June 1 when he reports to Mississippi State.
Nelson talked about UGA and other recruiting topics in a recent conversation with SEC Country:
Q: Which college would you have considered more seriously if they had offered you earlier in the process?
A: I liked Georgia, but I never got that offer. It would’ve been a tough choice between them and Mississippi State.
Q: Why Georgia?
A: I like Georgia. It’s a good school.
Q: What school came in second? What could they have done a little better?
A: Ole Miss. I just felt like Mississippi State was home. I just felt like it was the place for me to be and where I was most comfortable at.
Q: What was the biggest rumor about you that wasn’t true?
A: There was a rumor that they said I didn’t want to play at Mississippi State. I didn’t let that phase me, didn’t let that stop me. I just remained focused and humble.
Q: What is the funniest thing any head coach said to you during the entire recruiting process, either on the phone or in person?
A: Oh, that I was going to play defensive end, either D-end or like an outside linebacker. It was a joke, but it was kind of funny.
Q: What was your biggest regret during the recruiting process?
A: My biggest one was speaking too much to the media. Sometimes I should’ve just kept my mouth closed about certain things. That was really it.
Q: What was the funniest story that happened on one of your recruiting trips?
A: It wasn’t really that funny, but just hanging with the guys. At the Big Dawg Camp, I met up with some of the guys I played with at Mississippi Grind this past summer — Nigel Knott, C.J. Avery, Ty Peters, guys like that. We had a good time at the Big Dawg Camp.
Q: Which coach was it the hardest to say no to?
A: Ole Miss coach (Derrick) Nix. Coach Nix was a good guy. He was a great man, a great man to be around. He’s a great coach. It was fun when I went to the camp.
Q: If you were in charge of the NCAA, what’s the one rule you would change with recruiting?
A: During the dead week period, coaches should be able to come see you if you’re committed to that school.