Riley Nicholson will visit several of the schools recruiting him over the next couple of weeks and those visits should help him make his decision.
In an ideal world Nicholson will be able to make a commitment before the season and stick with it until signing day. That's how the Seminole (FL) Osceola linebacker is hoping it plays out at least. If the visits coming up next week go as planned he should be able to make a choice soon.
In two weeks Nicholson will visit NC State, West Virginia, Marshall, UCF, Iowa State and Purdue. He and his family will be driving to all of those schools so they should be exhausted by the time they return home. But they will also be armed with plenty of info they didn't have before.
All of those schools have offered so Nicholson will not need to participate in camps. He will tour campuses, hear academic presentations and listen to what position coaches have to say.
"That's honestly my top six. Those are my top schools as of right now. I'd say NC State, Purdue and Marshall have been recruiting me the hardest but I've been talking to all six of those schools. They've all been recruiting me pretty much the same."
Nicholson has been to NC State and some of the others but he hasn't been to Iowa State or Purdue yet. Because he already feels very much at home at NC State this trip is just to make sure he still has good feelings while he's on campus.
He said there's no doubt that the coaching staff in Raleigh is a plus. Dave Huxtable has come to know him very well.
"I've got a pretty good relationship with all of them and they're really good guys. It helps to know that Coach Doeren and Coach Huxtable have both coached linebackers before. That would help a lot if I do decide to go there. They're really cool.
"Since I've already been there I'm just going to reassure things. I'll watch them workout and all that stuff. I was there probably two months ago. It will be nice to get there again."
All six of those schools have an equal chance going into those visits in the next two weeks and Nicholson said no one or two of them are inching ahead of the others. However Iowa State and Purdue have their work cut out for them because he is more familiar with the other schools having visited before.
Nicholson said he doesn't want to decide too soon after those visits so he might wait until closer to the end of the summer.