I'm not sure about what camps I'll attend," Derek Nicholson said. "I may attend one camp but that will be it. I may go to the Michigan camp but I haven't decided yet."
The 6 foot 0, 228-pound linebacker is up to an amazing 45 offers, with the most recent being from Vanderbilt. "I'd say some of the top schools are Florida State, Miami, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Florida, Michigan, Penn State, andf Georgia," he said. "I'll narrow to down to a top five before my season starts. I'll make a decision after I take all of my five official visits after the season. I'm pretty sure Michigan will get one of them."
Nicholson has already made an un-official visit to the Michigan campus, traveling up for the spring game. "I was glad to see Michigan first hand," he said. "I liked the stadium and the college atmoshpere. The stadium is pretty big."
Nicholson didn't attend any of the spring Nike or MSL combined but he did attend the North Carolina Shrine Bowl Combine in May, and TheInsiders had the following report:
Although not his best showing, Nicholson was able to produce a 4.63-second forty-yard dash time and a 4.50-second twenty-yard shuttle time. In the weight room (Nicholson) was able to rep 215 pounds 14 times and vertical jumped 30-inches.
One of the top linebackers in the nation said he had between 20 and 30 coaches visit during the spring evaluation perios, including Michigan coach Erik Campbell. He said he also talked to Michigan defensive coordinator Jim Herrmann. "He let me know that Michigan is in need to inside linebackers and that I would fit in there," Nicholson said. "Michigan is Michigan, it's a great school with a great football program and great academics. I feel good with the staff, they are really down to earth. I'm looking for a school where I can trust the staff and where I'll get better in four or five years."
Last season, Mt. Tsbor went 9-1 on the regular season. The Spartans lost to J.H. Rose in the state finals 51-7. "We have seven guys coming back on defense," Nicholson said. "And we have five guys coming back on offense and we are going to win the State Champsionship this season, that is the goal and I'm really concentrating in doing that this year."
Nicholson was named the Defensive Player of the Game by leading the Championship Game in tackles with 14, 12 solo. Nicholson was also named to the AP All-State Team. For the season he had 181 tackles, 27 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, and three interceptions.
Nicholson's father, Darrell, played linebacker for North Carolina and for the New York Giants in the NFL. His brother, A.J., is a standout linebacker at Florida State. Derek says he will make his own decision and his family won't have any influence. He reports a 3.3 grade point average and a score of 19 on the ACT. He is undecided on a college major.
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