Top Target: Rory Nicol

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Rory Nicol is a throw-back type of player. At least that’s how Beaver Area High School (PA) Head Football Coach Jeff Beltz describes his star 6-5, 250 pound tight end.

“He is a throw-back type of tight end,” Beltz said. “He’s a big, bruising tight end who blocks really well. He’s the focal point of our entire offense as well as the focal point of the opposing defense, which makes it tough for him to catch a lot of passes. He does that very well however. Rory is an excellent all-around athlete. He runs the 110 meter hurdles for track, so he runs well.”

Nicol tends to agree with his coach’s assessment, however he does not give personal accomplishments much thought. He is more interested in helping his team win, which the Beaver Area varsity was able to do a lot this season.

“He’s (Coach Beltz) convinced me I’m a throw-back,” Nicol said with a laugh. “In the conference we play in, and I guess anywhere for that matter, running is a big key to winning. I get the same thrill out of putting someone on their back as I do catching a touchdown pass. I really just love everything about the position.”

Beaver finished the season 10-2. They lost 10-8 to Jeanette High in the first round of the PIAA AA playoffs, which was a disappointment for the team. Nicol feels the season was a success despite coming up short in the playoffs.

“We played well,” Nicol said of his team. “We had great talent this year, and we were hoping to go undefeated. I had fun, we won some games. We probably should have won our playoff game, but that’s just the way it goes. The hard part will be that I will miss playing with the kids I grew up playing with.”

Nicol will now concentrate on choosing where he will play football for the next four years. With five official visits within two-and-a-half weeks, his recruiting process will be fast and furious. He hopes to make his visits and announce his decision around Christmas.

“I’m ready to get this going,” Nicol said. “I have all of my visits set up. I’m ready to go, and hopefully I can have a decision by Christmas. I’m going to Pitt this weekend for the Miami game. That is an official visit. Then I’m going to Florida from December 2nd through the 4th, Ohio State from the 5th through the 7th, Georgia Tech from the 9th through the 11th, and I finish up with Virginia on December 12th through the 14th.”

No schools stand out above the rest heading into these official visits. Nicol is not exactly sure what factors