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University of Hawaii cornerback Nelson transfers to Wisconsin

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / OCT. 7 Nick Nelson practices at the University of Hawaii-Manoa in this October 2014 photo.
  • GEORGE F. LEE / NOV. 21, 2015

    Hawaii defensive back Nick Nelson (11) and Hawaii defensive lineman Kory Rasmussen (75) put down San Jose State quarterback Kenny Potter (5) in a game at Aloha Stadium.

MADISON, Wis. >. Wisconsin announced the signings of five additional football players to its class of 2016, including Hawaii transfer Nick Nelson.

Nelson, a 2015 Mountain West Conference honorable mention at cornerback, had been seeking to transfer and didn’t participate in spring practice.

Nelson made 89 tackles and had 21 passes defended at Hawaii over the past two seasons.

Nelson and another transfer, Pittsburgh running back transfer Chris James, will join the Badgers on scholarship and will sit out the 2016 season. Each will have two years of eligibility remaining.

James ran for 690 yards and four touchdowns in two seasons for Pittsburgh.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports three walk-ons also will join the Badgers.

Gabe Lloyd, a tight end from Northeastern Wisconsin Lutheran, had previously committed to North Dakota State before switching to a walk-on for Wisconsin.

Wide receiver Adam Krumholz of Stoughton and quarterback Garrett Groshek of Amherst will also join the team as walk-ons.

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  • Traveling athletes for hire like this have little or no connection to the universities they play for. It really is a national shame and disgrace.

    • Yes, but UH desperately needs players like Nelson to help win games for UH. If UH stops being a perennial cellar dwellar, players like Nelson would NOT feel the need to transfer out of UH. Also does not look good for Rolo as sounds like Nelson transferred because he did not want to play for Rolo. Yes, making a lot of assumptions and there will always be transfers no matter what but hopefully this transfer is not like the canary in the coal mine that croaks.

    • the ncaa is merely a scouting platform for the nfl. the universities’ football programs are like junior varsity tryouts for the biggest prize; bcs playoff games and advertising revenues for the networks. then the nfl cherry picks the best players to continue their money machine.
      that is why the pro bowl game is obsolete. the nfl draft show is the bigger ‘game’.
      there is no shame in making money as a professional athlete. there is no disgrace to earn a place ‘at the table’. it is a short-term job that is dangerous for the athlete and an atm for the nfl.

    • It’s their right to do as they choose. It’s not illegal. Why do you condemn those exercising their right to move on. Last I checked no one had to seek your approval to do anything as you’re a non-factor.

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