100 Days to Football Time in Oklahoma: #71 Noah Nelson

The Path to Norman

Noah Nelson was part of an extremely talented 2019 offensive line class for the Sooners. Hailing out of Arizona, Nelson was recruited as a tackle by West Coast teams like UCLA, Arizona, and Arizona State. However, the two programs that seemed to be vying for most of his attention were Michigan and Oklahoma. Nelson put a strong emphasis on both athletics and academics during his recruiting process. After multiple official and unofficial visits to Norman, he described the strong family feel that Coach Riley focuses on as a big pull and felt confident that OU offered everything he was looking for.

TFB ran a spotlight on Nelson shortly after this commitment to get to know him better; check it out here!

Career so Far

Nelson enrolled early and arrived on campus this spring. His jumped right into workouts as much as this spring allowed. TFB went in the trenches to highlight Nelson’s potential last year after his commitment; he’s an extremely athletic tackle with great feet and room to add some serious size. At 6’7” already, playing at 315 doesn’t seem impossible. Check out the full breakdown here!

Current Profile

Position: Offensive Lineman

Height: 6’7”

Weight: 299

Year: Freshman


2020 Season

There are a whole host of talented young linemen for Coach Bedenbaugh to work with this season. With several returning starters, it’s likely that Nelson will redshirt this season while playing his several games to get experience. After that, however, look for Nelson to earn a hard look as a starting tackle. Several options at the tackle spots (Erik Swenson, Adrian Ealy, Finley Felix, and David Swabay) are upperclassmen and will be moving on after this year. It may not be this year, but Nelson has a very good chance of being a multi-year starter at tackle for the Sooners.