University of Miami Athletics

Zion Nelson


Offensive Line




312 lbs.




Sumter, S.C.

High School


2019 (True Freshman): Earned starting left tackle job during preseason and started all 13 games at left tackle as true freshman…Made first start of career at left tackle in season opener vs. Florida (Aug. 24), helping Hurricanes outgain Gators, 308-306…Started at left tackle at North Carolina (Sept. 7)…Made start at left tackle in home wins over Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 14) and Central Michigan (Sept. 21)…Started at left tackle against Virginia Tech (Oct. 5)…Helped pave way for win over Virginia (Oct. 11) with start at left tackle…Started at left tackle against Georgia Tech (Oct. 19)…Anchored offensive line that allowed just two sacks to nation’s top-leading sack team in start at Pittsburgh (Oct. 26)…Started at left tackle in win at Florida State (Nov. 2)…Made start at left tackle in win over Louisville (Nov. 9), with offensive line allowing just one sack against Cardinals…Started at left tackle in games versus FIU (Nov. 23) and at Duke (Nov. 30)…Started Walk-On’s Independence Bowl against Louisiana Tech (Dec. 26) at left tackle.

High School: Rated three-star prospect by and…Listed as No. 29 player in South Carolina and No. 100 offensive tackle nationally by…Rated No. 39 player in South Carolina by…Led Sumter to 10-1 record and appearance in Class AAAAA regional semifinals as senior in 2018…Chose Miami over offers from Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Campbell, Georgia Southern and Western Kentucky. among others.