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Arizona football: Defensive end Francisco Nelson to transfer to Campbell

The former two-star recruit is looking for a fresh start

NCAA Football: Arizona at Texas El Paso Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Wildcats defensive end Francisco Nelson III is transferring to Campbell, he announced Sunday on Twitter.

Elsworth College and Kentucky State were also in consideration. Nelson’s intention to transfer became clear in May.

Nelson redshirted in 2016, and didn’t play in 2017.

The Campbell Fighting Camels, based on Buies Creek, North Carolina, are a relatively new FCS program that will be entering their first season in the Big South Conference as a scholarship sport.

The school had been without a team for 51 years due to the movement of becoming a four-year university, before they brought the team back in 2008, competing in the Pioneer Football League as a non-scholarship sport.

The program is 38-73 in the past 10 seasons.

Nelson was a two-star recruit out of high school in 2016, and his only non-Arizona offer was from FAU, when it was still coached by Charlie Partridge.

The 6-foot-2 Nelson entered college around 215 pounds, a little undersized for the defensive end/linebacker role, but he got his weight up to 241, according to the most updated roster.

We’re still unsure how Marcel Yates is going to shape the defense now that he has more control under Kevin Sumlin, but you can assume it will replicate more of a true 4-2-5, rather than the 4-2-5 from last season that ran more like a 3-3-5.

That said, Nelson was projected to be a defensive end in the system, but was going to be behind Justin Belknap and My-King Johnson for quite some time. Adam Plant, one of Arizona’s highest signee’s of the 2018 class, also figures to be in the mix early.