Ex-USC QB Malachi Nelson, No. 1 recruit in '23, picks Boise St.

ByTom VanHaaren ESPN logo
Sunday, January 7, 2024

Quarterback Malachi Nelson, the No. 1 prospect in the 2023 class, announced Saturday that he is transferring to Boise State.

Nelson entered the transfer portal Dec. 18, leaving USCafter one season. He sat behind Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Caleb Williams and Miller Moss this season and threw just three passes.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Nelson, originally from Los Alamitos, California, committed toOklahomawhen Lincoln Riley was the coach. Nelson flipped to USC when Riley took the head-coaching job there.

Nelson threw for 2,898 yards, 35 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in his final season of high school and was California's Gatorade Player of the Year.

Boise State lost quarterback Taylen Green, who transferred toArkansasafter throwing for 1,752 yards, 11 touchdowns and 9 interceptions in 11 games this season. Coach Spencer Danielson is returning Maddux Madsen, who threw for 1,191 yards, 9 touchdowns and 3 interceptions but dealt with an injury that limited him to nine games.

Nelson recently visited Boise State and announced his decision on social mediaSaturday night.

He gives the Broncos a high-profile quarterback whom the staff hasn't had. With four years of eligibility remaining, he could be a long-term solution for the coaches.

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