"Each coach gave an award to the top player and I got one from Greg Mark," Crawfordville (Wakulla) defensive end Eli Nichols said regarding his performance at Down & Dirty (linemen camp in Lakeland in mid July).
"I had a lot of fun, there were a lot of good players there, especially some juniors."
Nichols went to the Clemson and Georgia Tech camps earlier this summer as well. He checked in at 6-foot-4 and 220. At Clemson, he ran a 4.9/40 and turned in a 33-inch vertical jump.
Inside the classroom, Nichols carries a 3.9 GPA and an SAT score of 1300.
"I got a lot of calls in May," Nichols said. "LSU, Clemson, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, a lot of Ivy League schools, Kentucky, and a few more."
Nichols hasn't gotten that first offer yet, though.
"I don't have any offers yet, but they will be evaluating me this season to see where I stand," he said.
So what is Coach Mark talking about?
"He basically said I work hard and he liked how I played," he said. "He said they usually don't recruit kids from up here (editor's note: Crawfordville is located in the Panhandle) because it's so difficult to get a kid from the sticks to the big city. But he said he would try to come up and watch one of my games this season."
Nichols gets MVP from Greg Mark
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