A.J. Nicholson Interview

At 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, Winston Salem (NC) Mount Tabor linebacker A.J. Nicholson is gearing up for a very busy January. We caught up with him to find out where he stands as far as his college choice.

"This month will really tell me where I'm going," Nicholson said. "I have four of my trips scheduled for January."

The talented linebacker has taken an official visit to Texas and came away impressed.

"I liked everything about Texas," he said. "They really showed me to a great time. They have nice people and great facilities. But I need something to compare it with. I don't know what the others will be like until I go there."

So where's he headed?

"I'm leaving for Florida State on Friday," he said. "I have been to FSU on unofficial visits, but it's not the same. They show you a lot more when you're on an official visit. Then I have Miami on January 18th, Tennessee on the 25th, and I'm going to take a mid-week visit to North Carolina either next week or the following week."

A full academic qualifier, Nicholson's father played for the Tar Heels. "I would like for him to come with me on my visits," he said.

"Florida State has a lot of tradition," he said. "I have been to one of their games and it's a good atmosphere. North Carolina is just what I grew up on. Tennessee has great tradition and a real good coaching staff that has been really nice to me. Miami speaks for itself. They just won the national championship, I mean. Their linebackers coach, Vernon Hargreaves, is a really nice man and seems like a good guy to play for. Miami always seems to be putting linebackers into the League and it's right on the beach. I always liked Miami while I was growing up."

Nicholson denies a leader at this time for obvious reasons.

"I'm treating them all the same," he said. "I've only taken one of my five visits. It's hard to come up with anything based on that. I plan on taking all of my trips first before making a decision and then God will tell me where I need to go. That's when I'll make my decision."

Personally, it sounds like Nicholson is still very wide open. I really like the fact that his father is coming with him if he does visit UM with his dad. It seems like he and Coach Hargreaves get along very well and that puts us in good position. It seems to me like everyone has a 20-percent chance for the All-American.

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