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Catching up with Florida State QB recruit Malachi Nelson

Getting a head start for the future.

Malachi Nelson (Twitter)

This has been a week for us to look at Florida State quarterback recruiting.

We started the week with Tribe ’21 QB commit Luke Altmyer.

Tuesday-Thursday we looked at ’22 prospects MJ Morris, Ty Simpson, and Nicco Marchiol.

Today, we conclude the series with a 2023 QB prospect: Malachi Nelson.

Nelson is a 6’3 180 pound pro-style QB from Los Alamitos, CA, and he attends Los Alamitos High School.

Although he doesn’t have a ranking yet, he already boasts offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Oregon, and USC, among others, meaning he’s essentially a blue-chip prospect.

Florida State extended an offer to Nelson early last month:

TN caught up with Nelson to get an early look at his recruitment:

How’d you receive the offer?

“I received the offer from Coach (Kenny) Dillingham (OC). He actually gave me my first offer when he was Auburn.”

What’d the offer mean to you?

“The Florida State offer was huge. It’s special because I have family in Florida, and also because Coach Dillingham still believes in me and is recruiting me.”

When the words “Florida State” are uttered, what pops into your mind?

“When I think of Florida State, I think of great football history and tradition. Also, I think Deion Sanders—I love watching his highlights, and I’ve been to a couple camps he was at and heard him speak a couple times.”

How would you describe your style for people who haven’t seen you play?

“I’m a pro-style QB that can extend plays, make throws on the run, and make plays with my feet when needed. I’m feel comfortable making every throw.”

What QBs do you model your game after?

“I model my game after Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, and Deshaun Watson.”

What does your list look like at this point?

“I don’t really have a list yet. I’ve been blessed that all the schools that have offered are amazing schools. I’m interested in developing relationships with [coaches] and going from there.”

Is there an offer you haven’t gotten yet that would be a game-changer?

“Honestly, I’m just humbled by all the offers I have. I’m so young and didn’t expect any of this so soon. But there are a couple [coaches] I’m getting [to] know that [I hope] offer soon.”

Do you have any visits set up?

“I don’t have any visits planned yet. I [want to] take this next year [and] really develop relationships and get to know coaches. Then, next year, [I’ll] start visiting and narrowing schools.”