Nicholson Starts Visits

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Mount Tabor (Winston-Salem, NC) 4-star linebacker recruit Derek Nicholson made the first of five scheduled official visits this past weekend with a trip to Virginia Tech. This was Nicholson’s third visit to Blacksburg this year…what did he think?

“It went real good,” Nicholson said. “The game was the big highlight. Beating Virginia. The crowd was going crazy. It was a big game atmosphere. It was a loud, hostile environment. That was the big highlight for me.”

Nicholson was hosted by standout red-shirt freshman linebacker Xavier Adibi.

“He told me all good stuff about the program,” Nicholson said. “He told me they really bring you to be a good young man.”

Did Nicholson feel like he fit in at Virginia Tech?

“I felt I fit in,” Nicholson said. “I felt pretty comfortable. I could see myself playing there. The players were cool and down to earth. Everyone was down to earth – the coaches and the players. That’s a reflection of the program. It’s all about family and people.”

Nicholson, who rated the visit to Tech an 8, stated that he cannot compare Tech to other schools because he hasn’t taken official visits to the rest of his top 5 schools. He named no leaders. He did say what stands out to him about Virginia Tech right now.

“The tradition, the great defense they play and the family oriented atmsophere,” Nicholson said. “I like the people and the family atmosphere.”

Up next for Nicholson is an official visit to UNC this weekend, an official visit to Miami on December 10th and official visits to Notre Dame on January 21st and Florida State on January 28th.

Once all of his visits are over, what will be the most important factor in Nicholson’s final decision?

“Feeling comfortable,” Nicholson said. “Being in a place I feel comfortable. A place that, if football was taken away from me, I’d still enjoy.”

A 6-2, 228-pound linebacker, Nicholson is one of the best in the country. His high school career is now over, as Mount Tabor fell last week to Richmond County 35-28 in overtime.