Ga. TE back from visit to Kentucky

Chamblee (Ga.) HS tight end Nicolai Schwarzkopf (6-4, 225, TE) has returned from his visit to Kentucky and is all smiles after returning home from Lexington. See what he had to say inside.

Nicolai Schwarzkopf wasn't always easy to spot on the field, but on the roster sheet, he was always more than just the easiest target.

Despite his unique name, the 6-foot-5, 224 pound athlete did more than enough to make a name for himself on the recruiting front this summer, where a head-turning 4.63 forty yard dash at the Atlanta Scout.com Combine dropped more than a few jaws.

"I was really happy with my forty time at the combine and also the one on one drills gave me a chance to work on my catching because that's something I want to improve on," Nicolai Schwarzkopf said.

The performance helped Schwarzkopf land offers from Kentucky, South Florida, UAB, Navy, Air Force, Columbia, and Harvard. He visited the Wildcats for his first official visit over the weekend.

"I had a great time at Kentucky," Schwarzkopf confirmed. "I really like the players and the coaching staff, plus the facilities are great. I think it definitely put them in my top 1 or 2."

Despite a favorites list that contains many schools more pronounced for their academics than athletic achievements, Schwartkopf hinted the Wildcats and Bulldogs may have an advantage becuase of their balance.

"Most definitely," Schwarzkopf said, "Football is a really big part of my decision. That's the thing about Kentucky, football is real big up there and they have a good academic program, as well. Same thing with Harvard, obviously their academics are real big, but they have a great football team, too."

With the Kentucky visit behind him, Schwarzkopf will head up north once again next week for his second official visit; Ivy League powerhouse Harvard. Perhaps knowing the competition, UK recruiting coordinator Joker Phillips had Schwartkopf spend plenty of time at the C.A.T.S. education center, a program that helps assist Wildcats student athletes through their college career as they work towards their degree.

"The C.A.T.S. center was very impressive," Nicolai concluded. "It's definitely a big asset to have that facility and program. It puts you in a great position to succeed."

Impressive in the class room, Schwarzkopf scored a 2000 on a 2400 scale as a junior on the SAT. He has qualified and can enroll whenever.

Primarily being recruited as a tight end, some schools prefer the high school senior on the defensive side of the ball. All aside, Scout.com ranks him the #64 tight end in the country after snagging just 17 catches for 180 yards in a primarily run offense as a junior.

"I know I can play at both positions," Schwarzkopf said. "I'm getting recruited mostly at tight end. The Naval Academy is actually looking at me as a defensive end and possibly at wide receiver."

For those that hadn't seen the Chamblee (Ga.) native, Schwarzkopf had some choice words for what the Wildcats would be getting in the future.

"I was watching film on Kentucky and I think I'll do well there catching the ball and being apart of the offense," the 2007 graduating senior noted. "I've been a blocking tight end here, because we really don't throw the ball alot, but the times that I've had a chance to catch some balls in the air, I've been able to make some plays for my team. I think I can do that at Kentucky."

Schwarkopf has no immediate plans to make a decision and noted it would probably be another month or so before he would make a decision.

"I want to visit South Florida and the Naval Academy," the 6-foot-5 target added. "I will probably visit there in January, sometime."


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