All across the country, some of the top youth football players are heading to FBU Regional showcases to put their football skills on display and get national recognition.
This past weekend, a young player from the state of Minnesota got his name on the map with a strong performance at the FBU Twin Cities regional camp.
RaJa Nelson is a 5’4, 123 pound defensive back for the class of 2020, and was a standout performer from the showcase. He had a great time at the camp, and pointed out the competition as one of his favorite things.
“It was a great camp,” Nelson said. “I liked that I got to compete and that I got to learn some new techniques from my coaches.”
Some kids back down when there is top competition, but the competition seemed to motivate young Nelson, and he looked at the other players around him as a chance to improve his own game.
“It was competition, so there was players that were just as good or better than me,” Nelson said. “So, that also makes me better going up against players that are pretty good because that just helps my game get better, too.”
Although he just completed 7th grade, Nelson has made his rounds in the FBU circuit.
This was the third time that the defensive back has participated in an FBU Camp, so when he arrived, he wasn’t nervous about anything, and was pretty familiar with the entire experience.
“Well, I knew most of the coverage,” Nelson said. “But even though I did know them, I just kept going over them to make sure. So it wasn’t a lot of things that were new, but you still learn something every time.”
The familiarity of what was going on matched with is willingness to compete with some of his peers helped Nelson put on a strong enough performance to with the Gatorade “G” Youth MVP of the camp, an award Nelson had been working towards for a while.
“It shows that I’ve been putting all of the hard work,” Nelson said. “I put in hard work and one of my goals before I started training this year was to get that award, and I did.”
Nelson will now prepare for the FBU Top Gun Showcase that he earned an invite to, where the top players from around the country compete in Columbus, Ohio.
As for the rest of the summer, RaJa plans to continue working on his game, and has some goals in mind on what he needs to improve on.
“Just keep training with my dad,” Nelson said. “I’ll be working on my strength, footwork, the technique he shows me, reading quarterbacks.”
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