"I've known where I was going to go for a few weeks now," said Nicholson. "I decided that NC State was the perfect fit for me.
"When I called coach Doeren he was really excited. He and coach Huxtable have been recruiting me hard for the last year and said I was their No. 1 guy at that spot. They said they were ready to get me on board and in the family."
Several factors led to Nicholson's decision.
"I liked how the coaches treated me and how the players treated me when I was on my visits," he stated. "Plus, they are in the ACC, so I'll get to play some great competition. I also liked the campus... it was like home, at least it felt that way."
As a junior, Nicholson recorded 100 tackles, 58 solo, 17 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles and five pass-breakups. He played strongside linebacker last season and will play middle this year for Osceola. Where did NC State recruit him to play?
"I'll be playing weakside linebacker at NC State," he said. "I believe they are losing two this year so I can compete right away."
He picked the Wolfpack after considering offers from West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Purdue, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Indiana, Minnesota, Rutgers, Wake Forest, South Florida, and Central Florida among others.
For months NC State and West Virginia seemed out front, but Central Florida made a surge in recent weeks.
"I almost committed to UCF a couple of weeks ago," Nicholson said. "But, I stepped back and thought about the opportunity I have at NC State. It's a great school and I can compete for a starting position as a freshman. I think I can make a name for myself at NC State."
A full qualifier, Nicholson plans on enrolling at NC State in January, and he added that soon some of his family could be joining him in North Carolina.
"I actually have quite a bit of family in Charlotte now, and my parents are planning on moving up there in the next couple of the years," he said. "They think it will be great for me to get out of Florida and see different things.
"I'm excited about it. I can't wait to get back up there."