Nicholson Not Afraid of Competition

With Michigan looking to fill needs at the outside linebacker position, one player the Wolverines appear to be seeking for an inside slot is <b>Derek Nicholson</b> from Mt. Tabor high school in Winston-Salem, N.C. With over 45 offers, which schools have made the cut?

Derek Nicholson has received scholarship offers from most of the top programs in the country. Those schools include Michigan, Notre Dame, Florida State, Clemson, Georgia, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. Nicholson was in Ann Arbor for the spring game, which is significant in that when he pares down his list one of the criteria will be if he has seen a school in person. "Only those places I have gotten a chance to see before my season are the only ones that will have a chance at my top five," Nicholson recently told TheInsiders. Nicholson did not attend any school camps over the summer.

The 6 foot 0, 228-pound four-star player said he wants to narrow that list down by the time his season begins. His desire in doing so is to make life easier for himself. "Everyone tells me that I need to have this thing cut down by the time coaches can call or it gets crazy." Nicholson said. "So, I'm hoping that by that time everyone will know what that five is."

While the Wolverines definitely have a need at the outside linebacker position, Nicholson is the type of player to good to pass on. Could he move outside? "Michigan is recruiting me for the inside position," Nicholson told "But to tell you the truth I really don't care where I play. I've talked to the coaches there (Michigan) and I know they have a lot of juniors and seniors at my position so it's a good situation, but I know I'll have to compete anywhere I go, and I think I'm good enough to compete for a starting position anywhere, so really depth isn't an issue."

Nicholsom said that while he hasn't decided on his final list yet, Michigan is a school that stands a good chance of making the cut. "I know Michigan is looking pretty good right now," he said. "If I had to make the decision of which schools I'll visit right now Michigan would be on there." A final decision will come on Signing Day.

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