Dual-threat QB reports an offer

Perhaps the state's top quarterback prospect leading into his senior year, Pike County High School's Chris Nickson can beat you with his arm or his legs.

At 6-1, 198, Chris Nickson is a roll-out style passer, who has the wheels to take off a burn the defense for crucial first downs.

The pride of Brundidge, Alabama, Nickson is noted as an excellent passer who zipped the airways for 2300 yards and 30 scores as a junior. He also rushed for 600 yards and 12 additional touchdowns.

Nickson has been clocked at 4.60 in the 40-yard dash. Those that saw him in action last year describe him as an exciting player who will mix it up (run and pass) and keep the defense off balance. He particularly likes to throw crossing routes to his wideouts and stop patterns with to the tight end.

He made the All County and received mention on the All State teams, following his junior season. Nickson was also a nominee for the Class 3A Player of the Year, and experts expect him to fill one of those slots again his senior year.

Like most high school prospects, Nickson has made the round of college football camps. He has camped at Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech and also participated in the Bowden Quarterback Academy.

Nickson hopes to be the first member of his immediate family to attend college. But he doesn't lack for role models. "Cornelius Griffin (Alabama, New York Giants) and Quincy Jackson (Alabama) are close enough friends that they are considered family," Nickson explained.

The dynamite QB bench presses 245 pounds, squats 395 and power cleans 245. Nickson has been measured with a 28 ½-inch vertical jump.

Reports from school have Nickson as an excellent student. He carries a 4.0 GPA and made 18 on his first attempt at the ACT.

It's still early, but according to Nickson Alabama is his leader. He says the Tide coaches have already offered a scholarship. Other schools under consideration include Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Louisville.

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