4-Star Safety selects State over Oregon, Clemson amongst others
Today, James Franklin continued his recruiting hot streak after receiving a commitment from four-star safety DaKaari Nelson from Selma High School in Selma, Alabama.
Nelson, ranked 5th Nationally at Safety, was the second commitment from the state of Alabama for the Nittany Lions in the past week.
Earlier, Penn State received a commitment from four-star Phenix City (AL) defensive end, Tomarrion Parker.
Nelson selected Penn State over Clemson, Oregon, Auburn, Tennessee, Cincinnati, and Ole Miss.
On His Commitment
Nelson told Nittany Sports Now after his June 12 official visit to Penn State that Penn State was his number one school, "The visit went great," Nelson told Nittany Sports Now. "They treated my family well. Going into the visit, it went well, and Penn State was my No. 1 school, and they still are my No. 1 school."
Nelson cited the Tweet relationships he built with new Penn State Defensive Coordinators Manny Diaz and Anthony Poindexter.
Speaking of Poindexter, Nelson told Nittany Sports Now of his coaching style, "He's going, being honest with you," Nelson said, "tell you what you need to hear, not what you want. He's passionate about the way he coaches."
Nelson has a similar frame to former Penn State All-American Safety and Chicago Bears second-round pick Jaquan Brisker.
Brisker is 6'1", 201 pounds, and Nelson, a high school senior, is 6'3", 203 pounds.
During his junior season at Selma High School, Nelson recorded 72 tackles and eight interceptions, including two pick-6s.
Nelson possesses the physical traits to play in the box and is a capable three-phase safety. He has excellent instincts in pass defense.
Nelson's weakness is he isn't a centerfielder at Safety and lacks the acceleration and speed when out of position.
Nelson projects to be a starter at Penn State and has upside where he could be another Brisker for the Nittany Lions. To be Brisker, he would have to improve on his coverage skills.