"The Whole Seminole Staff was There"

On Saturday, a four-star linebacker from Winston Salem (NC) Mount Tabor earned the MVP for the North Carolina squad in the annual Shrine Bowl which squares off the best high school football talent in South Carolina vs. North Carolina. Six Florida State football coachers were there to watch his outstanding performance.

"The whole Seminole staff was there at the game," Derek Nicholson said. "They congratulated me on a good game. They showed me a lot of love and that made a good impression."

Nicholson, who is the younger brother of Seminole starting weak-side linebacker A.J. Nicholson, has already officially visited North Carolina and Virginia Tech. He will officially visit Miami on (1/21) and Florida State on (1/28 before making a decision.

Will his brother be a factor in his decision?

"A.J. probably is staying for his senior season," he said. "With him staying at Florida State, it won't be a factor for me. I've got to make the best decision for me."

At the Shrine Bowl Nicholson's family and defensive end prospect Everette Brown's family hung out.

"My family talked with his family about the Florida State situation," Nicholson said. "My guess is that North Carolina and Florida State are his top schools."

On Saturday, Nicholson registered seven tackles, three tackles for a loss and sack.

He has been selected to play in the Army All-American game in San Antonio on (1/15).

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