September 27, 2010

Nelson talks BC commitment

It took awhile for Park Ridge (Ill.) Maine South offensive tackle Victor Nelson to talk about his commitment to Boston College more than a week ago. However, the 6-foot-7, 300-pounder broke his silence this week and spoke about the factors that went into BC beating out Illinois, Indiana, Louisville and others for his services.

"It came down to comfort level in the end," said Nelson. "I took a visit to BC in August for a practice and the players not only embrace each other but really took an interest in the recruits. I felt at home right away and that was really a big factor in addition to everything else that's great about BC."

In addition to the comfortable feeling Nelson got on his visit, there were many other factors that went into his decision.

"I obviously like the academics at Boston College and the factors aside from football," he said. "A degree from there is a big deal and I wanted a school that would provide me something beyond football. I also liked the way coach Devine worked with the offensive linemen when I was there, he's a teacher and not a guy who is just yelling all the time. If you make a mistake, he'll make you learn from it and I know all about the BC offensive line tradition and I can see why they produce great ones every year."

Nelson was happy to get the decision out of the way before his season started. Now he just needs to get healthy to continue his season.

"I have a stress fracture above my shin so I'm out for a little while but I'm not done for the season, I'll be back," he said. "Last year I had a torn labrum in my shoulder but that is 100-percent now. It's frustrating to deal with injuries but I know they won't affect me down the road and I'll be fine. I'm excited to play at BC."

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