Selma High DB Dakaari Nelson signs with Penn State

Published 9:07 am Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Selma High safety DaKaari Nelson signed a national letter of intent with Penn State on Wednesday morning.

Nelson signed on the first day of the NCAA Early Signing Period, which ends Friday. He signed at his family’s home in Sumter County.

Auburn, Clemson, and Ole Miss made a late run at Nelson, but he stayed with the Nittany Lions.

“I’m excited to finally sign,” Nelson said. “I’m ready to get it on with Penn State and get started.”

Nelson earned ASWA All-State honors for the second straight year. He made 72 total tackles, 10 touchdowns, and eight interceptions on the Class 5A first-team defense.

Selma High head coach Willie Gandy said he’s proud to see the hard work pay off for Nelson, ranked 14th among state prospects by Rivals.com.

“It’s a great feeling to see one of your own kids that’s been with you for four years make it to this day,” Gandy said. “It’s an awesome feeling to see DaKaari live out his dreams. A proud day for DaKaari and his family.”

Nelson said he appreciated playing for the Saints and learned a lot from Gandy.

“At Selma, I learned how to play through adversity,” Nelson said.