Perry A. Farrell Detroit Free Press
Published 9:25 PM EDT Oct 29, 2018
Blake Nelson’s dream school is Michigan.
On Saturday the sophomore tight end from Walled Lake Central will get his first game-day experience at the Big House when the Wolverines host Penn State.
Nelson hopes the visit results in an offer as a class of 2021 recruit. That would be a dream come true.
“I just love playing football,’’ Nelson said. “I’ve watched football since I was a kid and I’ve loved it ever since. I’ve been taught as a kid by the Southfield Jayhawks to use football as a tool for life. I’m hoping to use football as a free education and play for the U of M.’’
Nelson plays tight end and defensive end, but schools are recruiting him as a tight end. He’s 6 feet 4, 225 pounds and still growing.
He’s rising up the recruiting charts and has been selected to play in the 13th annual Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Daytona Beach, Fla. He said it would be his second year participating in the event.
While he’d be a terror coming off the defensive end position, offense is in Nelson’s future. Nelson has been in contact with Sherrone Moore, the U-M tight ends coach, who has given him positive feedback.
“All the schools are talking to me about playing tight end,’’ Nelson said. “We had a rough season this year, but I felt like I performed well. I pray that I get an official offer (from Michigan) because this is my dream school. I’m not sure. I’ve met coach (Jim) Harbaugh a few times. I’ve had conversations with him. I camped there for two weeks and enjoyed the experience.”
While he awaits an offer from U-M, over Power 5 schools have shown interest.
“Notre Dame is showing a lot of interest,’’ Nelson said. “Central Michigan, Michigan State a little; Iowa is showing a lot of interest and Eastern Michigan.’’
He has one offer, and that’s from Kentucky.
Nelson did Sound Mind Sound Body over the summer and the SMSB Best of the Midwest camp at Grand Valley.
“I’ve done The Show in Georgia; I’ve done Rising Stars and just training,’’ Nelson said. “My strengths are my size and my mind. I have a very high IQ in terms of football because I meet with the coaches and go over plays and draw up plays. I always ask questions, so my IQ will be high. I use that and my size. I hope to be 230 by June.”
A two-year starter, Nelson said he’d go camping again this spring and continue to work on this strength.
“I like to go and compete,’’ Nelson. “I’ve been going to camps since the seventh-grade. Schools know about me. I’ve been ranked by some of scouting services and I have a profile on 247Sports, and they said they’d rank me after the season.’’
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