One of the best trends in Colorado football recently is starting a recruiting class with a priority in-state recruit. Jon Van Diest, Carson Lee, Dimitri Stanley, all jumped on board with the Buffs relatively early in the process and helped others stay committed as well. Kaden Dudley kept this tradition alive by pledging to sign to CU about three months ago. Braylen Nelson just did the same today.
Nelson, like a lot of Colorado high school football players, is relatively under the radar. He plays at Vista Peak High School in Aurora, which not nationally known like Valor Christian or Cherry Creek. His offer list, self-reported, shows only Colorado and Colorado State, so it’s possible he’s the states best kept secret. Because he has also not participated in some of those national recruiting camps, he also hasn’t been rated by 247 Sports, Rival, or ESPN.
Nelson has almost everything you look for in a offensive lineman recruit. He’s long, at 6’5, heavy, at around 300 pounds, and he has that attitude that you just can’t teach. Everyone he runs into on the field ends up on the ground. Chris Kapilovic values that. Nelson also has the ability to play inside or outside in college, and that versatility goes a long way. He is obviously more comfortable run-blocking than pass-blocking, but his feet are quick enough that I don’t think pass protection will be a problem. He is a nice high-upside in-state pickup.