Nelson commits during Oregon official

Oregon verbal commit WR Charles Nelson

Daytona Beach (Fla.) ATH Charles Nelson didn't have to wait long during his official visit before realizing Oregon was the right place for him.

Daytona Beach (Fla.) ATH Charles Nelson became the 17th verbal commitment for Oregon over the weekend and announced his decision publicly on Monday. Nelson's commitment comes on the heels of his official visit to Oregon over the weekend.

"I just felt so welcomed and I loved it there, in Eugene, that I went ahead and committed there," Nelson said. "I'm going to be a Duck."

Nelson notified wide receivers coach Matt Lubick of his decision while on the visit, and the news thrilled the rest of the staff. He had planned to keep the decision quiet until around National Signing Day, but mentioned that it would've been hard to keep under wraps. As a result of his deicision, he will not take his final official visit to West Virginia next weekend.

The 5-foot-9, 165-pound speedster was recruited as a slot receiver, taking the place that likely would've gone to Budda Baker, who de-committed earlier this month.

"When I first told Coach (Matt) Lubick, we were having an offensive meeting," Nelson said. "I kind of just told him and he got really excited that he cancelled what I had going on next. We went and talked to Coach (Mark) Helfrich and he got all pumped."

Nelson was especially taken with the city of Eugene and said it reminded him of home. After taking in campus and the facilities the choice was clear for the three-star athlete, who was also considering the Mountaineers, USC and Notre Dame.

"It just all appealed to me a lot," Nelson said. "Nothing's really far away. Everything is real close and easily accessible."

Nelson plans on competing in track and field at Oregon in the 100-meter dash, 4x100, and the long and triple jump events. On his visit, he met with an assistant coach and saw his future home away from the football program.

"We toured the track facilities and talked about where they are and how I could fit in to help them out," Nelson said.

During the visit, Nelson spent most of his time with Lubick and offensive coordinator Scott Frost. However, he did interact with his host on the visit, redshirt freshman Darren Carrington, and bonded with him over video games.

"We went back to his apartment and just sat there and played Madden," Nelson said. "It was really nice. I just had a little fun with him."

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