Name: Daniel Nielson
Position: Offensive Tackle
High School: Hurricane High in Hurricane, Utah
Date Committed: February 19, 2010
Utah's fourth pledge in the 2011 class was an in-state offensive lineman from 3A Hurricane with great size and potential. He is Utah's second offensive lineman commit for 2011 along side Isaac Asiata.
Nielson looks to develop into a big, strong tackle with his great height of 6'6". He is considered one of the best lineman prospects in the state of Utah. The big kid can also move. According to his recruiting profile he runs a 4.9 forty.
Daniel Nielson played on both sides of the trenches in high school and recorded 31 tackles in the 12 games as a DT in 2009. His Hurricane team lost the state championship to Juan Diego on a last second Hail Mary.
Nielson was also the 3A Heavyweight Utah state wrestling champion in high school and was recruited by Princeton and Stanford for wrestling. He told the Deseret News he'd rather play football though and playing for Utah is "a dream come true." You can expect the former wrestler from a small Utah town to be tough.
He plans on playing in the 2011 season, then leaving for a two-year LDS mission.