Scout Ranking: ***
Scout Rank: No. 63 Linebacker
Size: 6-0 220 Pounds
Hometown: Kissimmee (FL)
School: Osceola High School
Projected Position At NC State: Linebacker
Commit Date: July 18, 2014
Recruiting Scene: Nicholson played at Osceola High School in Kissimmee, Florida which produces high-level D-1 football talent year in and year out so exposure was not a problem.
Throughout the spring and early summer Nicholson collected offers from multiple schools including Purdue, Iowa State, WVU, UCF, USF, Cincinnati and NC State. Nicholson was believed to favor WVU going into June but a couple of unofficial visits to Raleigh were enough to change his mind and land his commitment.
Nicholson elected to graduate high school early and enroll at NCSU for the spring semester.
Why NC State? “I liked how the coaches treated me and how the players treated me when I was on my visits. 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.”
Picked NC State Over: West Virginia, UCF, GT and others
Scouting Report: “On film Riley Nicholson is tough as nails on the field, a fearless competitor that gives 100% every snap. Nicholson flashes very good instincts at the LB position and finishes tackles well. As a competition weight lifter Nicholson is already plenty strong for the college level.” – Pack Pride Scouting Report