Family Ties

This past spring, junior starting weak-side linebacker A.J. Nicholson earned the Hinesman Award, given by the coaches to the most dominating player during spring drills. However, the 6-foot-2 and 235 pound Nicholson, who should contend for All-ACC honors, might not be the best player in his own family.

Nicholson's father played for North Carolina and the New York Giants in the NFL.  However, the youngest in the family, Derek, might be best of all of them which is quite impressive.


Like, his older brother, Derek, has the size, instincts and play-making ability that has college scouts drooling all over the country.  The 6-0 and 228 pound Winston Salem (NC) Mt. Tabor senior has offers from almost every program in the country.  Some of the teams that highlight the list are Florida State , Miami , Georgia , North Carolina , Virginia , Virginia Tech, Clemson and Notre Dame.


Nicholson hasn't narrowed his list down quite yet but the Noles with their ties to his family should be a finalist.


" Florida State probably will be one of my official visits," he said.  "I'm also going to take an unofficial visit to Florida State for the Clemson game.  I really enjoy talking with Coach Lilly and Steele".


Speaking of Coach Steele, he could be the wild card in landing the younger Nicholson.


"A.J. loves him like a father," Derek said.  "Coach knows the game and he can relate the players personally.  All of the players play hard for him."


Will his older brother be ready for the Canes?


"Yes," he said.  "A.J. excited and he's been ready for quite some time."


It's hard to argue that the Nicholson's might be the top linebacker family core in the country.


Mini Q & A


 What's your favorite food?


Sweet Potato pie


What's your favorite drink?


Sweet Tea


Who's your all-time favorite player?


My dad


What team do you play on Play Station?


Dallas Cowboys and Wake Forest


What's your favorite CD?


Jay Z


What's your favorite TV show?




What's your favorite Movie?


Any Given Sunday


What's your favorite Actor?


Denzel Washington


What's your favorite Actress?


Halle Balle


Who's the hottest female on the face of the planet?






Who's your favorite Seminole?




Who wins in a fight between you and A.J.?


I do.  I use to win all the time.









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