It didn’t take long for Bayside (Virginia Beach, VA) head coach Darnell Moore to realize that cornerback Demetrious Nicholson would be a player.
“When I looked at him as a freshman [in 2007], he was working out during the summer before his freshman year, I saw he was real quick and had good feet,” Moore said. “I knew he wasn’t a player I would let play JV. He has good reaction. He has good hips for a defensive back. He has got all of these things. Hard work has paid off for him. His work ethic is extremely good. Those things have paid off for him.”
The 5-9, 161-pound Nicholson, who sprinted the 40 in a hand-timed 4.43 seconds at Virginia Tech’s camp on Saturday, started five games for Bayside’s varsity squad as a freshman. He followed that up with a successful sophomore campaign.
“He played well last year as a sophomore,” Moore said. “I think he only gave up five or six completions. He has a nose for the ball when it comes in his area. Very rarely does he make mistakes. He doesn’t make those mental mistakes.”
Nicholson put his talent on display at UNC three weeks ago and returned home with a verbal offer from UNC head coach Butch Davis. This past weekend, he returned home from Tech’s camp with an offer from head coach Frank Beamer.
“Coaches at both schools said they liked my overall play. They liked how I can read the receiver and play up,” Nicholson said.
Of the two programs that have offered, Nicholson said, “They are both good schools. Virginia Tech produces a lot of players. With North Carolina, I like that they play a lot of man defense.”
Nicholson recalled receiving the offer from head coach Frank Beamer.
“He said he liked how I played,” Nicholson recalled. “He was trying to convince me to go ahead and commit (laughs).”
Nicholson does not plan on committing early and adds that he has not focused on a decision at this point in the recruiting process. He is, however, high on both of the programs that have offered.
“Every time I pick a top five, Virginia Tech and North Carolina are always in there,” said Nicholson, who rooted for Nebraska and Virginia Tech growing up but claims not to have had a clear favorite in recent years. “The other schools change, but those two are always in there.”
Nicholson received a questionnaire from Nebraska...
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