Star Safety Has Offers

After signing just one safety, Tervaris Johnson (who may end up at another position), in this year's recruiting class, the University of Miami will certainly be looking for more this year. One who is already on the radar screen is Homestead's Joe Nicholas.

The talented defender, who stands 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, was a headhunter in the secondary. He finished the season with 56 tackles and two interceptions. While playing receiver, Nicholas had nine catches for 159 yards and three touchdowns. He feels confident in his ability.

"I feel like I'm the best player out there each time I take the field," Nicholas said. "I prepare myself well. I'm mentally ready. I take the time to study the game and my opponents. Physically, I play with a high level of intensity, something a lot of guys at this level don't do."

Joe Nicholas, who carries a 2.7 GPA and will test for the first time on April 1, has been playing football for nearly his entire life.

"It's what I do," he said. "I love it. I've been playing for about 10 years and I've played all over the field. I'm ready to dominate as a senior. I wanna have a huge season and become a US Army All-American. I'm training hard for that."

Nicholas, who also plays varsity basketball, has already gotten lots of recruiting attention.

"Pittsburgh and Florida have offered me verbally," he said. "My top ones would be Florida and UM and then Georgia, LSU, and NC State. They're all sending me hand written letters and stuff, inviting me to different things."

Nicholas was invited to UM's Junior Day over the weekend but he was unable to attend because of SAT practice at his school. He did talk more about the Hurricanes.

"They're great," he said. "Everything about them is impressive. I could see myself playing there but I've been here (in Miami) so long that I wanna see what else is out there. I think it might be time to travel and get away, start something someplace else. I really don't have a (favorite) now."

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