Nicholson Will Make Official Visits

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Bayside (Virginia Beach, VA) cornerback Demetrious Nicholson will not commit before the start of his senior season, Marlins head coach Darnell Moore says. The 5-9, 165-pound speedster will not wait until Signing Day, but he will take official visits before making his college selection.

“We’re in the process of trying to whittle things down to maybe five or six schools,” Moore said. “He may get to make one more unofficial visit before the season starts. He is trying to whittle it down to the ones he wants to officially visit. This is not going to be drawn out, but he is being meticulous.

“Demetrious is definitely going to make official visits. He is not going to be rushed. One school tried to push him to make his decision, but he is not going to be rushed.”

It is no secret that UNC, one of two camps Nicholson attended the summer before his junior year (Virginia Tech was the other), has been at the top of the Bayside star’s list for some time. Look for the Tar Heels program to get one of those official visit spots.

“UNC will probably make the list,” Moore said. “But the five schools he eventually decides to visit, all five have a good shot with him.”

Clemson, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, Stanford, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia are among the schools that have offered Nicholson, who has taken unofficial visits to Clemson, UNC, UVa and Virginia Tech. Coach Moore didn’t disclose which other schools probably would make the top five, though we should know for sure by the end of the month.

“I think he does have an idea on two or three schools, but he does not know all of the schools he wants to visit,” said Moore, who adds that Nicholson will make at least a few official visits during the season. “He’s not ready to name the list, but he knows of several schools.”

One of the top cornerback prospects in the country, Nicholson is called upon to do much more than lock down receivers for his high school team. A wide receiver on offense, he averaged 26 yards per catch last season as a junior. Coach Moore is looking to showcase the speed and big-play ability again this season.

“I have such high expectations for him and he lives up to that,” Moore said. “He is a