Nicholson Comments on Top Schools

North Carolina LB Derek Nicholson (6-1, 228, 4.6) says Florida St (visited) leads slightly over Miami, Notre Dame (visited), Clemson (visited), North Carolina (childhood favorite/visited) and Virginia Tech (visited). All have offered.

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

"Florida St pops into my head right now because it's like a home away from home, and it's some big-time football," says Nicholson, from Winston Salem Mount Tabor. "And with coach Bobby Bowden there, well… you just can't get any better than that.

"They have a great LB tradition and I know a lot about the program to feel comfortable with it. They have a great team atmosphere and it's located in a real college town. They are good year in and year out. I think they carry a similar defense to Miami's with a really aggressive defense. It revolves around the LB position, and that kind of system allows for them to make a lot of plays.

"Miami has a great tradition and they're good year in and year out too. I like the coaching staff and feel comfortable with them on the phone. I like their aggressive style 4-3 defense and how the LBs get to the ball. Ray Lewis and D.J. Williams went there. I like the scheme of all the LBs.

"Notre Dame has a great academic and football tradition. They are on national television every week and they have a great head coach in Tyrone Willingham. They just have a lot on the plus side of their program and they're getting better and better.

"Clemson has a similar defense to Florida State and there's a fun atmosphere over there. The LBs slide around a lot with that 52 defensive scheme. I've also developed a good relationship with the coaching staff there.

"North Carolina is in my hometown and I've grown up a fan of them. They are getting better with that young team, but they need some play makers at the LB position, and some that will make a big impact on the program.

"Virginia Tech has a great defensive scheme and some great coaches. The coaches that have been recruiting me are good and seem really down to earth. They are known for their great defensive tradition and their special teams. There is a good situation at LB right now for me to come in there and play early--that's a plus also."

Nicholson claims 65 offers, including rides from all teams in the ACC conference, as well as Michigan, Penn St and Arizona St, etc.

He says he will officially visit Florida St, Notre Dame, Miami and Clemson after the season.

Five game (5-0) stats: 70 tackles/15 TFL/6 sacks/1 INT/5 pass break ups. Top Stories