South Warren kicker Clay Nelson commits to WKU as walk-on

South Warren senior kicker Clay Nelson

I received confirmation by email from the South Warren football coaching staff tonight that senior kicker Clay Nelson has indeed committed to attend Western Kentucky as a preferred walk-on.

Nelson made 11 of 13 field goals for South Warren during the 2011 season, helping the Spartans reach the postseason in the program’s first year at the varsity level.

He earned first-team all-state honors and ranks in the top five in the KHSAA record books in field goals in a season and field goals in a game (4).

Nelson’s father, South Warren head coach Mark Nelson, also joined WKU in the 70s as a walk-on and was awarded a scholarship after one season.

According to the South Warren coaching staff, Nelson was also recruited by Memphis, Eastern Kentucky, Baylor and Campbellsville.

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One thought on “South Warren kicker Clay Nelson commits to WKU as walk-on

  1. Nelson has the right attitude about coming in and trying to win a spot and a scholarship but trust me it will be years before he gets one if ever. WKU will only carry three specialists on scholarship at any one time. Brakefield and Merrick are two of those three. Carrillo and Roy are fighting for one as well as another walk on from another school that is now in the mix. That leaves four kickers for one scholarship. I’d have to bet on the guys that are there already and have been for a couple of years to get that one scholarship this coming season.

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