Weight: 220 lbs
Hometown: Mankato, MN
OVERVIEW: Enrolled at the University of Minnesota in January • will take part in spring practice • MaxPreps' Tom Lemming rates him the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the nation, the No. 40 overall player in the country and his National Sleeper of the Year • earned three-star rankings from Rivals.com and Scout.com • listed as the No. 3 player in Minnesota and the No. 15 pro-style QB in the nation by Rivals • ranked the No. 46 quarterback in the country by Scout • rated the No. 94 quarterback in the country and the No. 7 player in Minnesota by ESPN • two-star prospect ranking from ESPN • listed as the No. 81 player in the Midwest by Super Prep magazine • very accurate quarterback with quick release and good power behind his throws • puts the ball in a catchable location for his receiver • works through progressions quickly • extremely accurate on short and intermediate routes • good footwork • solid when running with the football as well.
Graduate of Mankato West High School • led team to 11-1 record, conference and section championship and berth in state semifinals • winner of Minnesota Mr. Football award following his senior season • also named ESPN Gatorade Minnesota Player of the Year and Associated Press Minnesota Player of the Year in 2011 • named all-state by the Minnesota Vikings and the Associated Press • earned All-America recognition by the Semper Fidelis All-Star Game • named Big Nine Conference Player of the Year and was a two-time Big Nine Offensive Player of the Year • three-time all-conference selection • set state records for single-season total touchdowns (55) and career touchdowns (135) • finished career No. 2 on state charts for attempts (801), completions (490), passing yards (7,561) and touchdown passes (94) • passed for 2,784 yards and 35 scores, while rushing for 1,243 yards and 20 TDs as a senior • coached by Mark Esch.
Philip Nelson was born Sept. 11, 1993 • son of Pat and Norma Nelson.