Focus 2005

In an effort to get a feel for all the schools that he currently lists among his final 11, including Florida State, linebacker <b>Derek Nicholson</b> made an unofficial visit to Clemson this past weekend. Click here for an update on Nicholson, the younger brother of Seminole linebacker <b>A.J. Nicholson.</b>

Derek Nicholson, a talented linebacker from Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mount Tabor wants to get a better feel for some of the schools that continue to recruit him.

Nicholson made an unofficial visit to Clemson this weekend. The Tigers fell to Georgia Tech in overtime.

"I haven't been down there so I decided to go down there and check out the game," Nicholson said. "It was nice, there were a lot of people and it was a great football environment."

Nicholson plans to continue his unofficial visits tour with a stop in Chapel Hill this upcoming weekend, to see Georgia Tech in action once again, but this time against his father's alma mater North Carolina.

After his trip to Chapel Hill, Nicholson figures to sit down and weigh the pros and cons of his final 11 schools (Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida State, Clemson, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Michigan, and Miami) in an effort to come up with the five schools the 6-foot-1, 228-pound four-star prospect will officially visit.

"I'll be looking at how I feel with the school, how comfortable I am with the situation they have there, the facilities they have there at the schools," remarked Nicholson. "I'll mark down what I like about each school and what schools stand above the others."

On the prep scene, Mount Tabor is 4-0, while a Nicholson lead defense has only allowing 15.0 points-pre-game. The four-year starter has eclipsed 500 total tackles on his high school career.

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