Outstanding 6-2, 225-pound Mount Tabor High School (Winston-Salem, NC) linebacker recruit Derek Nicholson made an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech last weekend for the West Virginia game. It was Nicholson’s second unofficial visit to Tech this year, and it appears to have been a good one.
“It was good,” Nicholson said of the visit. “I had a chance to talk to the players and the coaches. I got to see the atmosphere, the pre-game and the post-game. It was very loud. The atmosphere was great. It’s not an 80,000-person stadium or anything, but the noise is real compact. It was real loud. They seemed like they have good fans. Everybody loved the Hokies.
“It was everything I expected and more.”
The visit also gave Nicholson an opportunity to interact with the coaches and players a little more before he narrows his list to 5 schools. His impressions of the Tech coaches and players seem to be pretty good.
“The coaches are good people, real down-to-earth,” Nicholson said. “It was a good family atmosphere. I talked to all of the coaches – Coach Foster, Coach Pearman and even Coach Beamer.
“The players seem like a close group. They feed off one another. They are a close team.”
So did the visit impact Nicholson’s view of Virginia Tech?
“Yes it did, but in a positive way,” Nicholson replied. “I had a chance to see more things about them. I saw the things I know and some other things exceeded my expectations.”
Nicholson still has yet to narrow his list to 5 schools, but his current list is a bit smaller than 10.
“I’m still considering schools for my official visits,” Nicholson said. “I’m looking at UNC, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Miami, Florida State and Notre Dame. The 5 schools I set visits to will be my final 5. It should be soon, but I’m not sure of a date. I haven’t set a timetable like I did for the first cut.”
The star linebacker didn’t budge when asked what Virginia Tech’s chances are of making the top 5, saying “they have an equal chance as the other 7 teams.”
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