Maple Valley student signs letter of intent to play football at Northwestern College

Jared Nelson of Maple Valley signed a letter of intent to continue his football career at Northwestern College in the fall.

Nelson is a six foot, 190-pound multipurpose back/safety who played four years for the Rainier Christian High School football team.

Nelson rushed for 1,843 yards and accounted for 2,884 total yards of offense and 32 touchdowns in earning first team all-league honors at quarterback. He was also a second team all-league pick at running back and first team all-league honors at defensive back.

Nelson was named the Washington State player of the week and was also an all-league pick at quarterback and defensive end as a junior. A member of the National Honor Society, Nelson plans to major in physical education at Northwestern.

“We are excited to add Jared’s athleticism to our football team,” said Kyle Achterhoff, head coach of the team. “He was a tremendous high school player who could help us on either side of the football. We are planning on Jared playing in the defensive secondary where he can be a physical playmaker for us.”

Northwestern College is a Christian college of more than 1,200 students in Orange City, Iowa. Rated a top-five Midwestern baccalaureate college by U.S. News & World Report magazine, Northwestern provides an education that combines academic rigor with a faith perspective.



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