After taking officials trips to Virginia, Duke and Vanderbilt, plus an unofficial visit to Memphis, Nichols took a trip to Knoxville (Tenn.) to see Tennessee, where his twin sister is currently enrolled.
"It was good," Austin's father Mark Nichols told Scout.com. "They are all good. It's hard to have a bad official visit."
The elder Nichols said Tennessee gave them the full tour.
"We met the chancellor," he said. "We met everybody. We met a couple of the strength instructors. We saw the new indoor football facility. It's just over the top. It's unreal. We saw Peyton Manning. Austin got to meet Peyton."
"We got to go in the locker room before the football game started," he added. We heard the pregame speech and talk and all that. That was really cool. Tell you what they did a good job; Tennessee did a really good job. We met the AD and everything. I don't think they missed much. They covered pretty much everything."
Next up for Nichols is his last and final official visit.
"We are going to Auburn this coming weekend and then we are going to wrap it up," Nichols told Scout.com.
"He wants to see Auburn," the elder Nichols added. "Then I have a little program that I'm going to go over with him. We are going to sit down as a family and take in consideration all the pluses and minuses of all the places and then we are going to make a decision."
Although Nichols doesn't have an exact date for a college decision, it appears that a decision could come shortly after his trip to Auburn.
"We would like to probably do it the week after the Auburn visit," Nichols said. "It's penciled in like that, but we don't know for sure."
"Whenever he decides we are going to give him 72 hours to pray about it, sleep on it because this is a life long decision," he added. "It's not a four-year deal, it's not a two-year deal. We are going to be careful with this."
Nichols, who ran with M33M on the travel team circuit, is rated as a four-star prospect on Scout.com.