Braylen Nelson still has another year of high school, but on Sunday the Vista Peak Prep standout was antsy for his next step.
A 6-foot-5, 310-pound offensive lineman, Nelson announced his verbal commitment to Colorado for the class of 2021.
“It’s really exciting,” Nelson said. “I kind of wish I was a senior so I could get up there right now and get to work.”
Nelson was one of several players making unofficial visits to CU over the weekend, and he committed to the Buffs in person. Growing up in Colorado, he’s excited about playing collegiately close to home.
“That was very big for me because it’s so close to home,” he said. “Boulder is like 30 minutes away from my house.”
Nelson received an offer from CU in November. He also has an offer from Colorado State and has drawn interest from other schools.
“What’s really made (CU) different was their hospitality and they’re very genuine when talking to me,” Nelson said. “They’re bringing me there for not just football; it’s like a family program and they’ll help me earn a degree and all that type of stuff.”
Nelson was an all-conference defensive lineman as a sophomore and earned CHSAA all-state honors this past season on offense.
“(CU) talked to me mainly about offense,” Nelson said. “I really shifted more of my focus to the offensive side. That was something I wanted to do. It was kind of tough, but I like really challenging myself, so it was all about getting the technique right and just working hard.”
One of Nelson’s main recruiters has been Buffs’ offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic.
“He was very caring because he texts me outside of school to see how I’m doing and stuff like that,” Nelson said. “He contacts my mom and step dad, checking in on them. That was very important to me.”
Nelson said he has grown up a Buffs fan and got his first chance to attend games at Folsom Field this past season. After getting offered by the Buffs, Nelson attended home games against Stanford and Washington.
“It was great,” he said. “The fans are so great; very kind people and the atmosphere is great.”
Nelson is the second player to commit to CU for 2021, joining Palmer Ridge High School athlete Kaden Dudley.