#65 RT Clavion Nelson
Junior, 6'3", 297 lbs.
Stats in 2014: Nelson did not see action in 2014.
Spot on Spring Depth Chart: Clavion is listed as the backup right tackle on the 2015 spring depth chart, behind 6’5, 288-pound senior Mak Djulbegovic. With the addition of newcomers Glen Bethel and Reilly Gibbons, he will have to battle for playing time.
How He Came to USF: Clavion hails from South Broward High School (Hollywood, FL) where he played under coach Allen Held and made the all-county team in the recruiting hotbed of Broward County. Nelson was also voted team captain and posted 64 tackles, 14.5 sacks, a touchdown and three blocked punts. He also received offers from Illinois and Kansas.
Recruiting Rankings: Nelson was rated as a three star by Rivals, two-star 78 by 247Sports, and was not ranked by ESPN. He was recruited as a defensive end, but I presume he was moved to offensive line because he is built like a defensive tackle.
Projected Playing Time: Nelson made the switch from the defensive line to the offensive line during 2014 spring drills, but did not see action on the year. Nelson was a standout defensive end in High School and even showed some promise in the five contests he appeared in during the 2012 season. In my opinion, the move to offensive line was a bit of a head scratcher. Also consider this: Clavion arrived in a 2011 class stacked with offensive line staples Max Lang, Thor Jozwiak, Darrell Williams and Brynjar Gudmundsson. Not to mention, the defensive line was stacked with beasts like Cory Grissom, Todd Chandler, Ryne Giddins, Luke Sager, Anthony Hill, Julius ‘JuJu’ Forte, oh and that guy you may have heard of, Jason Pierre-Paul. I’m going conservative with this one and saying he'll be a back-up.
Fun Fact: Nelson comes from a family with two brothers, Travis and Antonio, with sister Alexiaa rounding out the group. Clavion is majoring in communications.
Spring Game Clip: Here's a play with Nelson (Green #65) from 2015 Spring workouts.