Four-Star LB Will Visit Noles

Last Friday night A.J. Nicholson showed the country with his team high nine tackles against Miami why he's considered one of the top linebackers in the country. His younger brother is showing the state of North Carolina why he might be considered the top player in the Tar Heel state. What's the latest with A.J's not so-little brother?


"We're 4-0 with a ranking of 4th in the state," Derek Nicholson of Winston Salem (NC) Mt. Tabor said. "I'm being taking out of games early because of blowouts. I think I have around 55 tackles now. I also had five sacks in one game which is a record for me. I have several goals this year. I want to have 600 career tackles, and I'm looking for at least 50 tackles for a loss and 20 sacks this season."

The younger Nicholson is very close to his brother, who is a star linebacker for the Seminoles.

"A.J. was very happy with his performance but was very upset about the loss," he said. "They felt like they were going to win that game."

Last weekend the four-star standout visited Clemson.

"I guess it was a weekend for the Bowden's," he said. "Both Bowden's lost at the last minute. However, I had a very good time and it looks like things are going well for that program."

This upcoming week Nicholson would very much like to travel to Tallahassee to watch his older brother play.

"My family is heading down this weekend," he said. "I want to come but I'm not sure if I'll go yet. I'll definitely be there the following week for the Clemson game."

In two weeks the North Carolina standout will be narrowing his list to five lucky teams.

"I'm not ready to name all the teams yet but I will say that there's a very good chance that Florida State will be on that list," he said. "In fact, the coaches there won't have to worry about that. Florida State is on the up and up. They are the top of the line."

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