Contrary to some recriting writers, I try to be objective about evaluating Ohio college prospects. This is not always easy to do, because you get to know them and know alot about their lifestyle. Such is the case with Alex Nielsen.
Nielsen just committed to Kent State. Measures 6'4-260, but is continually adding good weight and, of course, strength. Best attribute is ability to run. Very good feet abd balance. Like his OL instincts. Solid pass blocker. Kicks out well, and stays with defender. Solid bender. Biggest need - get bigger and stronger.
Saw him play last year against Elyria. More than held his own against OSU bound Chase Farris. And I happen to really like Chase as a defender. In that game he maintained blocks, especially in pass protection.
First met Alex when he came to my first real football combine. He was a year younger than the other propects, but he held his own. Liked his energy and work ethic. A little stiff and not very big. But things have changed since two years. Bigger and stronger and more athletic.
Excited for him and he is excited about becoming a Golden Flash. Promised him I would see him play this fall. Of course, Elyria Catholic also has a young QB whom I really need to evaluate. Nielsen better block for him that night.
Good choice for both Kent State and for Alex Nielsen.