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Recruiting on the South Plains | ATH Justis Nelson

Position: ATH
Ht: 6'2" | Wt: 180 lbs | Forty: 4.46
High School: Dallas Christian (Mesquite, TX)
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Cumulative Ranking: INC

Air Force, Harvard, Texas Tech

These commitments are surprising, but maybe they shouldn't be. Dallas Christian WR/CB Justis Nelson committed to Texas Tech last night and this is yet another intriguing athlete (hat-tip And like the commitment from the weekend, LB Dakorey Johnson, Nelson is not rated by any service, but at the very least Nelson has profiles for three of the four recruiting services. I also understand that Texas Tech now has their 13th commitment in Leander ATH Caleb Woodward. I'll be busy for a while.


I'm not completely sure about the stats reported by MaxPreps as I think they are incomplete, only for 9 games. The offensive stats aren't overly impressive, just 12 catches and a little over 250 yards receiving according to Rivals while on MaxPreps, he had 30 or so tackles and 3 interceptions. I also wanted to point you to his page, which is supposed to log a track athletes best results and would appreciate it if someone could tell the rest of the class if these are good times. This is a commitment based on potential.

The Player Speaks

I couldn't get to this free article via, but I could get to it via The Old Coach, but is written by Will McKay from Anyway, Nelson speaks:

"It was probably the coaches and just being around the coaches," Nelson said. "They're really welcoming. We were joking around a lot, had a lot of laughs. My mom liked them a lot too. She thought they were really good people. Their campus is really nice, facilities are nice, and it's a nice little college town. Almost everybody there is young. It's really comfortable."

The article also mentions that Nelson's mother is a police chief and she gave Lubbock and Texas Tech the once-over and approved. The article also mentions that offensive line coach Chris Thomsen is largely responsible for recruiting Nelson and grad assistant Jeff Howard.

More after the jump.

Scouting Report

Just by looking at Nelson's highlights via Hudl, he is clearly the best athlete on his team and the offensive game plan is relatively simple. The coaches tell Nelson to simply run down the field and catch the ball. A ton of go-routes on the offensive side of the ball and he's quite capable of making adjustments, finding the ball, and making the catch. I think Nelson's calling is on the defensive side of the ball. He can get a good jump on the ball and can stick with opposing receivers. I think that Nelson is playing against inferior competition, but I'd also guess that Nelson attended the Rockwall camp and got to see him matched up against tougher competition. The athletic ability is there, no doubt.

Justis, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!

The 2013 Class

Things are shaping up. Most likely only about 7 or 8 spots will be available.

Position Commitment Ht/Wt School/State Cumulative Ranking
QB Davis Webb 6-4/195 Prosper (Prosper, TX) 70.81
RB Jalen Rhodes 5-9/175 Rowlett (Rowlett, TX) INC
WR Devin Lauderdale 5-11/170 Bellaire (Houston, TX) 84.10
WR Dylan Cantrell 6-3/202 Whitehouse (Whitehouse, TX) 73.90
TE - - - -
OG Baylen Brown 6-4/295 O'Connor (Helotes, TX) 71.14
OL Maurice Porter 6-5/290 Fort Bend Marshall (Missouri City, TX) 74.86
DL - - - -
LB Dakorey Johnson 6-3/200 Trinity Valley C.C. (Athens, TX) INC
CB Will Barrow 5-10/160 Skyline (Dallas, TX) 70.62
DB Stormy Butler 6-1/195 College of Sequoias (Visalia, CA) 67.42
DB Darren Dotson 6-1/195 College of Sequoias (Visalia, CA) 73.83
DB Maurice Chandler 6-0/180 Lawton (Lawton, OK) INC
ATH Justis Nelson 6-2/180 Dallas Christian (Mesquite ,TX) INC
Averages 73.33