Nation's Top JR LB Has Clemson Offer

Winston-Salem standout Derek Nicholson will be one of the top linebacker prospects in the country next year and he is getting plenty of attention from college recruiters. Do the Tarheels and Seminoles have an advantage because of where his brother and father played?

LB Derek Nicolson
6-2, 230, 4.6
Mount Tabor High School
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Nicholson had a very impressive junior season as he led Mount Tabor High School. The talented prospect had 181 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, 3 interceptions and 3 touchdowns.

The 6-2, 230 pound defender is already hearing from many of the top programs on the east coast. "I'm hearing from everybody in the ACC. I've heard from Clemson, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Florida State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Georgia and Maryland," Nicholson told in a recent interview.

When asked if Florida State would have an advantage because his brother played there or North Carolina because his father played there, Derek responded, "I'm wide open. I will look at where I want to spend the next 4 or 5 years. Where they played is not really a factor."

Nicholson already has plans to attend several junior days over the next few weeks. "I will probably go North Carolina State next week. I will also likely go to Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech. I may also go to Miami but it will depend on travel arrangements."

The Mount Tabor star has all the skills to exceed at the collegiate level. "I always try to be ready. I like to attack and be aggressive. I have great speed. I am a little old school and a little new school."

Nicholson will work hard in the spring and during his senior season to get even better. "I will be trying to get faster, jump higher, become more physical. I will look at more game film and work on getting to the ball faster. I want to play at a different speed than everyone else."

We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding linebacker from North Carolina, right up through signing day 2005. Top Stories