We’re still early in the 2017 recruiting cycle, and while the Syracuse football staff has hosted a large number of potential targets already, more names keep being added to the list of potential recruits. One of those names could wind up being Booker T. Washington (Miami) running back Craig Nelson.

The 5-foot-11, 185 pound runner is flying under the radar right now, and in fact doesn’t have a profile on Scout, Rivals, or 247Sports at the moment. However, he appears to be on the radar for Syracuse, with multiple members of the coaching staff following him on Twitter, and the interest seems mutual. Watching his highlights, it’s pretty easy to see why the Orange are intrigued.

Nelson looks to have a solid combination of size and speed, and one of the first things that jumps out in his film is his burst, which allows him to get through the line quickly and make plays in the open field. Last season he only had 89 carries in 14 games in a balanced rushing attack (he led his team, which finished 9-5, in rushing attempts) for 553 yards (6.2 YPC) and six touchdowns. He also had 17 receptions for 106 yards, per MaxPreps.

It’s pretty clear through watching his junior year highlights that he’s a pretty gifted runner, and assuming he gets even more touches this upcoming year, he should put up some very strong numbers in one of the biggest high school football hot beds in America.

Syracuse is involved with some outstanding running backs in the 2017 cycle, including Allen Stritzinger and Weston Bridges, but keep an eye on Nelson as another potential name to enter the mix at the position moving into the summer.

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