College of the Sequoias defensive back Steven Nelson committed to Georgia on the spot when the Bulldogs offered him in February.
Now, just under 9 months later, Nelson's position coach at COS, Fred Zepeda, says that he that he is no longer committed to the Bulldogs and has two other teams on top.
"He (Nelson) has decommitted from UGA, but he hasn't committed anywhere else yet," said Zepeda. "He is just backing away from his commitment to Georgia, and opening things up. It looks like Texas Tech and Oregon State are the two schools he will choose from."
Nelson, who told UGASports that he grew up a Georgia fan when he committed to the Bulldogs, is from the state of Georgia and many saw him as a player that could come in and make an immediate impact at the cornerback position.
According to Zepeda, a few different factors went into his decommitment.
"Well first of all he really likes the defensive backs coach at Oregon State, Rod Perry," said Zepeda. "With the coaching staff at UGA, he didn't really receive a lot of phone calls from the defensive coordinator (Todd Grantham). It was just a lot of phone calls from the defensive backs coach (Scott Lakatos). Other than that, there weren't that many folks calling him (from UGA). Then he took a trip out to Oregon State and loved it. He's been talking to Coach (Mike) Riley. He's been talking to Rod Perry, and the defensive coordinator pretty much every single day as well as Texas Tech. He decommitted from Georgia but I can say that Texas Tech and Oregon State are his top two choices."
Zepeda also says that Georgia was still recruiting Nelson hard, but felt other schools were recruiting him harder.
"They were recruiting him hard but he went on an unofficial to Georgia and when he went out there, he met the staff very shortly. I guess it was the difference in how they treated him at Oregon State and Texas Tech to how they treated him at the University of Georgia," said Zepeda. "So he didn't get a chance to sit down and chit chat and mix and mingle a lot with anyone but the defensive backs coach when he took the unofficial last summer to Georgia. So mainly that, and he didn't feel that he was really wanted as much as he wanted to be. Then when he took (official) visits to Texas Tech and Oregon State, they really liked him and the communication from coach Rod Perry and Coach Riley has been a strong one. They talk to him as many times as they possibly can."
Despite the disparity Nelson saw in how each school was recruiting him, Zepeda says there are no hard feelings.
"He has no bad feelings at all, whatsoever. Coach Lakatos is a real good guy. He's a really good guy," said Zepeda. "I just think it came down to just the feeling between him and the staff and how they are going to use the guy at Oregon State. Plus the experience Rod Perry has in the NFL. I think he has coached 17 years in the NFL prior to this year. So the chance to be coached by an NFL coach and learn NFL technique played a pretty huge role as well."
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