Nicholson Ready for Final Stretch

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Mount Tabor High School (Winston-Salem, NC) linebacker Derek Nicholson should see the final month and a half of his recruitment speed by. Nicholson, rated a 4-star prospect, will leave for the Army All-American game in San Antonio (TX) on January 8th. He is there for one week until the actual game on January 15th.

Following that experience, Nicholson has two official visits planned before making a final decision.

“In January, I’m taking two official visits,” Nicholson said. “I go to Miami on January 21st and Florida State on January 28th. With everything else going on that month, there’s not going to be any time left for another official visit.”

Nicholson has already taken official visits to Virginia Tech and UNC. After eliminating Notre Dame from consideration following the dismissal of Tyrone Willingham as head coach, the talented linebacker will decide from these 4 schools.

“Yes, sir,” Nicholson replied when asked if he had narrowed his list to Florida State, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. “I’m not leaning anywhere right now. All of the schools are about the same.”

For quite some time, many have felt that Florida State – where his brother A.J. is a starting linebacker – is the likely favorite to land Nicholson. What did Derek have to say about this?

“I’m going to find out where I fit in the best and go there,” Nicholson said. “If it happens to be Florida State, then it’s Florida State.”

Nicholson commented on his first two official visits. They were different types of experiences, but both went well.

“Both were good visits,” Nicholson said. “There was a different atmosphere at Virginia Tech. I had a game on the Friday night before, so I went up on Saturday and stayed until Sunday. The Virginia game was that weekend, so there was a lot going on.

“When I went to UNC, I went on Friday and stayed until Sunday. They had a basketball game that we went to and I saw a football practice. At UNC I got more of a feel for the players and the overall program.

“But both visits went really well. I enjoyed the people at Virginia Tech and I enjoyed the environment at UNC.”

Heading into the final stretch, Nicholson stated what the main positives were for Virginia Tech.

“It’s a great place for football, they have great people and they

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