Nicholson Talks Clemson, UNC, FSU

LB Derek Nicholson (6-1, 228, 4.6) from Winston-Salem Mount Tabor (NC) is coming off an incredible JR season where he has 181 tackles, 27 for loss and 10 sacks. Recruiting analyst Allen Wallace has the latest from Nicholson, including some exciting comments about the Clemson Tigers!

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

"I read well and I attack the line of scrimmage. I'm a playmaker and move good sideline-to-sideline," said Nicholson. "I want to work on getting better separation and playing at a faster pace. I want to improve every aspect of my game."

Derek denies a leader…but favors Clemson, North Carolina State, Florida St, Miami, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia and North Carolina. He has offers from all of them plus Duke, Mississippi State, Wake Forest and several others.

"I have 17 offers total and several smaller offers too. I haven't picked a top five yet. I'll have a top five by the end of the summer. It'll be in July, I think," added Nicholson.

Derek's dad, Darrell, played LB for the Tar Heels, and they were one of his favorites growing up. "I like their colors, the atmosphere and the college life there. It's a fun place. Of course, I also grew up watching all the powerhouse schools like Florida St and Miami."

In fact, the Seminoles were Derek's first scholarship offer at the beginning of his JR year. "I love the tradition and that they are known for LBs. Also, they have a legend for a coach. Bobby Bowden has an incredible record."

"I like Clemson a lot too. They have a very nice campus and a big stadium. It's a good college atmosphere and the people are real nice.

"I want a home away from home and I'd love to make an impact as a frosh. Location doesn't matter. I'll pick a school where I feel I'd want to go even if I weren't playing football.

"I get about 20 pieces of mail a day, so it's not just one school. I hear from all of them. I'm not sure what camps I'll be going to."

We will continue to keep you updated on one of the top linebackers in the country, Derek Nicholson, right up through signing day. Top Stories