Kato Nelson committed to Terry Bowden back in May, however his recruitment may be far from over. Last night, Nelson announced on his Twitter account that he has received an offer from Illinois.
Blessed to receive an offer from Illinois as an ATH 1️⃣⭐️ pic.twitter.com/7qQN7gRefp— K1 (@Kato_1Era) January 8, 2016
Shortly after Nelson announced this offer, Hustle Belt caught up with him to discuss his recruitment.
"I am still strongly committed to Akron, but I will definitely look into Illinois."
It's important to note that Nelson was offered by Illinois as an athlete, and not a quarterback. The Zips are recruiting Nelson to be their quarterback of the future, and seems to be an ideal fit within their offense.
It seems that as of right now Nelson is unsure which position(s) the Illinois coaching staff sees him playing at.
"I'm not really sure yet, I'll speak with the coaches, set up a visit and we'll get down to that."
Nelson's situation may remind a few people of 3-star QB/ATH Alec Ingold from the class of 2015. Ingold was a long-time NIU quarterback commit and seemed to be an absolute perfect fit in the Huskies' offense. However, Ingold received late offers from Pittsburgh and Wisconsin as an athlete. These teams were recruiting him as a linebacker. Ingold eventually decided that playing for his in-state Badgers was an offer that he could not refuse. Three weeks into the season, Ingold wound up finding himself playing some running back and had success as a freshman. Although Ingold's de-commitment from NIU proved to be costly due to a flurry of injuries at the quarterback position, Ingold has been successful thus far during his short time in Madison.
Will the opportunity to play quarterback at the next level be too good to pass up for Mr. Nelson? Or will he take a similar path that Alec Ingold took and flip to a P5 program late in the process? Only time will tell. In the meantime, check out his highlights courtesy of Hudl if you haven't already.