Four-year schools lining up for Nelson


Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Thomas Nelson has been attracting a lot of attention from four-year schools recently.

By Ray Hamill — Whitworth University in Spokane is the latest in a long line of potential suitors for College of the Redwoods sophomore Thomas Nelson.

The first-team all-state selection will have his choice of four-year options after a remarkable season for the Corsairs, with at least eight schools already contacting him and several more likely to do so.

With Whitworth calling on Tuesday night, the interest in the former Arcata Tiger has been heating up the last couple of weeks as his highlight tape builds momentum online.

“I think his highlight tape is starting to get spread around and I think as people see it the more contact he’ll get,” CR head coach Ryan Bisio said. 

You can check out Nelson’s highlight tape here.

The ongoing lockdown won’t affect Nelson’s chances at moving on to a four-year school, but it has slowed the process down due to the travel limitations for coaches and players.

“Coaches all around the country are trying to find their footing in this landscape,” Bisio said. “Coaches like myself are barred from traveling. I think the process is just a little slower than usual.”


Other schools that have expressed interest in Nelson include San Francisco State, Sonoma State, Holy Names, Whittier, Redlands University and William Jessup University in Rocklin.

“There’s only going to be more,” Bisio said. “He’s just talking to coaches right now and learning about the programs.”

Nelson is the only CR sophomore moving on this season, with EJ Jackson expected back after receiving a medical red shirt and Blake Rossman joining the coaching staff.

Bisio sees it as a huge part of his job at CR, helping players move on to four-year schools.

“It’s a very important task for us,” he said. “We want to prove to future recruits we have the ability to move these guys on.”

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