NC Linebacker Close to Top 5?

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Mount Tabor (Winston-Salem, NC) 4-star linebacker Derek Nicholson cut his long list of schools to just 10 in the month of July. Narrowing the list from 10 schools to 5 has been difficult, but he may be close.

“I have a good idea of what my top 5 will be, but I’m still figuring some things out,” Nicholson said. “I’m still trying to get down to a final 5. There’s no timetable. When I feel like I’m ready and that I am certain, that’s when I’ll announce it. I’m not going to release anything until I have a top 5.”

Nicholson continues to list the same top 10 he had in July. They are, in alphabetical order, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Miami (Fl), Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech.

On the gridiron, Nicholson continues to show why he is one of the most sought-after linebackers in the country. Mount Tabor is 4-0 right now, looking as strong as they did last season when they made it all the way to the state championship game.

“We’re doing better than we were at the same time last year,” Nicholson said. “We have a real good chance to do the same thing we did last year, only this time win the state title.”

The 6-2, 225-pound Nicholson didn’t have any statistics from this year, but he says “I’ve done some things real well, but there are also some things I need to improve on. I’ve played well though.”


Virginia Tech

Derek has spoken with coaches at Virginia Tech this month. I asked Nicholson what chance the Hokies have of making the final 5.

“They have a great shot,” Nicholson said. “They have great people there. They have great football as well as a good education. It’s a college town that would be good to be a part of. I like their coach…they just have good people.”



In July, Virginia was just outside of Nicholson’s top 10. Has he heard from the Cavaliers?

“No sir, not that I recall,” Nicholson answered, asked if UVa had called this month. “They still write me letters, but they haven’t called.”