That, however, was during the summer and a lot has changed for the Blue Devil program since then. Most notably is the decision by Duke officials not to retain head coach Ted Roof, and the subsequent hiring of David Cutcliffe.
With a change in the direction of the program, Nicholas decided that he should re-open his recruitment to the point of taking a pair of additional visits - to Oklahoma State and North Carolina State.
Over the weekend the trip to OSU seems to have left a strong impression on the 6'3, 245 pounder with 4.7 speed.
"I had a really great visit to Oklahoma State. I really enjoyed seeing the campus and getting to talk to the coaches and players. They have a Culinary Arts department, which is what I want to major in, so touring that was really great."
Though he's not ready to publicly denounce his Duke commitment, Nicholas is quick to point out that the Cowboys have some things going for them as he attempts to either firm up his Blue Devil pledge or begin looking elsewhere.
"I got a chance to know the players and coaches there, and that was good because Duke is going to have a different staff. Also the education at Duke is great, but Oklahoma State has the major I want, so that's something I have to consider. Right now I'm just trying to go through it all, but OSU gave me a chance to see something new."
Nicholas, who already took his official to Duke, will be making one further trip before making his final decision on where to sign on National Signing Day.
"I'm going to visit NC State on January 18th. After that my family and I are going to sit down and figure it all out."