WR/DB High on Miami

Eight years ago college coaches from around the country went into the small southwestern Florida town of Immokalee to recruit its top player. Edgerrin James turned out to be pretty good. Now coaches are back in the area to recruit wide receiver/cornerback McIntosh Nicolas.

"I know Edgerrin," Nicolas said. "I don't hang out with him or anything but I know him and see him around town sometimes."

Nicolas started playing football in middle school, when he decided to give it a try. Several years later, he's one of the state's top prospects.

As a junior last season, Nicolas had 505 yards receiving and eight touchdowns. Defensively, he registered three interceptions.

Nicolas, who also competes in varsity basketball, is not only one of the state's top football players. He's coming off a Class 3A state championship in track in the 100m and 200m.

"I got 10.5 on the laser," he said. "I want to get that down to a 10.4 this year. I've done 10.3 hand-timed."

The 6-2, 185-pound receiver has been clocked as low as 4.2 over 40 yards.

"I've done that a few times," he said. "At the Florida camp, I ran a 4.2-something on my first run and then a 4.3 on the second one."

That Florida camp is where Nicolas broke onto the recruiting scene. A camp that featured nationally recruited receivers such as Lance Leggett, Xavier Carter, and Doug Dutch, Nicolas stood out.

"The coaches took a few of us into a separate group and they told me after the camp they like me as much as anyone there," he said.

The talented rising senior is getting lots of attention on the recruiting front.

"I got about six offers written so far," he said. "South Florida, Florida, Florida State, Michigan State, Indiana, and Michigan have all offered me. I'm also hearing from a lot of other programs."

Nicolas also received May recruiting calls from programs like Miami, Oklahoma, Ohio State, and LSU. He talked about his favorites.

"There are still a big number of schools I'm looking at," he said. "There are probably 10 or 11 of them but I really like it in Florida. You have three great programs here and I'm looking hard at all of them."

One of those programs is Miami, where he wanted to camp at.

"Miami's really where I wanted to go for camp," he said. "I couldn't make it because I was out of town just before it started and I didn't get back in time. I heard there were some great receivers there too."

The talented receiver, who said he's being recruited as an athlete by most programs, talked more about the Hurricanes.

"They've been writing me a lot," he said. "I've talked to my recruiting coach but I haven't spoken to their head coach yet. Miami's a great place, they're right up there on my list. I mean, it's Miami. I'm just waiting for an offer from them and to talk to their head coach."

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