Defensive back has UA among leaders

Nicholas Halmon recently visited Arizona and Arizona State. Read on to see what he thought of the visits, when he will decide, and more.

Rich Rodriguez and his assistants are hitting all corners of the map on the recruiting trail. From Pac-12 territory all the way out to the other side of the country, the UA staff is making sure to leave no stone unturned in its pursuit of 2013 prospects.

One player that recently made the long journey to Tucson is Bamberg (S.C.) Ehrhardt defensive back Nicholas Halmon. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound prospect had a positive experience in his visit to the Arizona campus and came away impressed.

"It went great," Halmon said. "It was actually better than I thought it was going to be. It was real nice. As soon as I got there we went all around and saw all of the stuff they had."

The assistant recruiting Halmon is secondary coach Tony Gibson. The two have spoken several times and have built a strong relationship in the process.

"It's really good," Halmon said. "Me and him are really close and have a really good relationship."

Halmon is being watched by schools from all over the map. Some schools have put forth more effort and are showing significant attention in Halmon's direction, including the Wildcats' biggest rival.

"Arizona State," Halmon said. "I'm talking to Vanderbilt, UNC Charlotte and I talked to Kentucky a little bit."

While Halmon plays high school football in a region dominated by the SEC and ACC, he is more than willing to travel to the opposite side of the country to play college football.

"It's not a problem with me." Halmon said.

Outside of football, Halmon wants to make sure school he chooses is academically suited for him.

"The biggest concern is if they have my major," Halmon said "I was looking at that – which (Arizona) does – that's really it."

After his visit to the Wildcats, Halmon visited Arizona State. The trip to the desert seems to have helped both schools out as they appear to be at the head of his list for now.

"Arizona and Arizona State will be at the top," Halmon said.

Summer has just begun, but Halmon has already taken a pair of visits to Arizona and Arizona State. He will continue that busy schedule in the coming months with plans to schedule more trips.

"I'm going to set up one with Kentucky, Vanderbilt and maybe UNC Charlotte," Halmon said.

Halmon still has long way to go before signing day and has a full football season on his plate before then. Still, Halmon would seemingly like to get his decision made before the start of the 2012 campaign.

"I think I will make my decision right before football season," Halmon said. "Like early August."

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