Star CB Nicholson Shuffles Top 4

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In March, Bayside (Virginia Beach, VA) cornerback Demetrious Nicholson named a top four of Louisville, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. A day after visiting Virginia Tech for its Spring Game, the 5-9, 165-pound junior revealed that two schools are out and two new schools are now in.

Nicholson has taken trips to North Carolina (twice) and Virginia this year, so this was his first opportunity to see Virginia Tech. He wanted to learn where he stood on Tech’s board in the 2011 class and he got the answer he was looking for.

“I learned that they like me a lot,” Nicholson said. “I feel like I’m one of their top priorities. Coach Foster was telling me that I’m a top priority. He kept telling me that. They said I was an impact player on their board and they’ve moved back up into my top four.”

Nicholson further reflected on Saturday’s experience.

“I had a pretty good time out there,” he said. “I talked to Coach Beamer. Coach Beamer was telling me about the school and the things they’ve accomplished. I got to talk with Coach Beamer, Coach Foster and Coach Gray. I went in the film room and they showed me the type of schemes they run and what they teach. Then, I got to go watch the Spring Game. That was pretty hype.”

Virginia Tech has made its way into the top four after Saturday’s experience. What other programs are in the top group?

“North Carolina, Louisville and N.C. State,” Nicholson answered. “These are the schools I keep in contact with the most.”

Nicholson has been offered by each of his four favorites. He has 15 official offers in total including Clemson, Michigan, Stanford, Virginia and West Virginia, among others. Nicholson says Virginia’s staff “writes me a lot” and “West Virginia’s coaches also e-mail me a lot.”

UVa has fallen out of the top group. Asked why this was the case, Nicholson said, “UVa had a practice at ODU on March 27. I didn’t get to go, but I talked to a couple of friends who went out there and they told me it didn’t look that intense. I didn’t get to see it for myself, but that’s what I heard. I need to see a practice myself. They are still in the building stage, so maybe that was it.”

UNC, the first school