Raymond Nelson reportedly commits to UCLA

Scout.com is reporting that Modesto Christian tigh end Raymond Nelson – profile here – verbally committed to Rick Neuheisel last night. Nelson, the younger brother of UCLA rising sophomore basketball player Reeves Nelson, had an explosive camp in late June and came away with an offer, and all indications were that he was heavily leaning toward UCLA.

Nelson has been one of the fastest rising tight ends in the country, and it looks like a good get for, well, both the football and basketball program, as now both brothers have someone to lean on. I’ve said multiple times that I don’t think the book is closed on Junior Pomee, who de-committed after a trip to Florida but has not verbally committed anywhere again, but I think this really shuts the door on Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who seems to be enamored with Texas.

Tight end is not a huge, huge position of worry, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they brought in two, particularly given John Young’s surgery and Morrell Presley (and Pomee’s, really) switch to the F-back position.

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  • UCLA Dynasty

    Just another recruiting feather in the cap for Coach Neuheisel and Chow as UCLA again assembles one of the top classes in the country. With the genius minds we have coaching and the talent on the field, I’m guessing UCLA will be playing for a National Title in 2011.

  • hogsman


    At least they’ll be eligible to play for one a true national title, not just an AP designation. However, I can see how that counts a lot to certain trolls.

  • UCLA Dynasty

    Huh? I don’t follow. UCLA will be playing for the BCS crystal football, count on it. AP pulled out of the BCS.

  • UW fan

    Congrats on this committment. UW wanted this guy, and it sounds like he’s going to be a good player.

    ASJ had gone on record weeks ago that UCLA was no longer in his plans. He says he’s down to UT, UF and maybe UW or Bama.

    It looks a lot like Texas but we at UW hold out hope.

  • hogsman

    Don’t stress over it — neither UCLA nor USC has a BCS championship. An AP title seven years ago is nice, though it really doesn’t make for a dynasty, does it?


    So are UB and VB going to start complaining about commitment if Ray decides to play high school basketball this year?