- As a freshman at the College of San Mateo was 2012 second-team all-conference, recording 38 strikeouts in 46.1 innings
- This past summer (2012) played for Rochester of the Northwoods League, striking out 39 batters in 32.0 innings
- At Galileo High School in San Francisco was three-time all-city and two-time Academic Athletic Association Player in 2009 and 2010
- Help lead his high school to the 2010 league title
- Was also an all-city selection and the 2010 player of the year in football
- Majoring in American studies
- Parents are Scott Nelson and Mele Lao-Smith
- Born April 20, 1992 in San Francisco, Calif.