Target 2004: Rory Nicol

The North Carolina football program is famous for putting tight ends in the National Football League. Alge Crumpler, Freddie Jones, Deems May, and now Zach Hilton are but a few Tar Heel alums that make their living at the professional level.

Rory Nicol, a 6-5, 240-pound tight end from Beaver, Pa. would like to play in the NFL as well someday. He already has as many offers as almost any other player in the country. If he chose to wait until signing day, then he could probably choose just about any school that he wanted.

Some schools, like Michigan, have promised a scholarship if he attends their camp. Nicol, however, will probably not camp at any particular school instead choosing to visit as many schools as possible prior to the start of football season.

He would like to verbally commit prior to the start of football season and likely before he has the opportunity to go on any official visits.

"The thing about Rory is that he is just so athletic for his size," Beaver High School Coach Jeff Beltz said. "Every time he steps out on the field he gets better."

Nicol also participates in hurdles events in track.

When asked if North Carolina was at a disadvantage due to being further away from Nicol's home than some of the other schools, Beltz responded by saying, "It is only a disadvantage because he hasn't visited North Carolina yet. Some of the members of the coaching staff have told him what a beautiful place it is down there but that is only one aspect in choosing a school."

Nicol has two sisters already attending in college -- one at Pittsburgh and one at Georgia Tech. His father works for the airline industry and the family can fly most places for free. Therefore, staying close to home is not really a priority in selecting a particular school.

Nicol told Inside Carolina where Carolina fit on his list of favorites: "I'd have to say they are right in the middle only because I haven't visited there yet. I have a friend from my school that goes there now and he really likes it and has told me about it. In fact, I have heard a lot of good things about North Carolina from other people."

Nicol's primary recruiter for North Carolina is Andre Powell. The Tar Heels will have stiff competition for Nicol's signature evidenced by the mail he receives daily. He received 22 letters (four from Virginia) the day of IC's interview.

He lists six favorites, all of which have offered – UNC, Ohio St, Pittsburgh, Penn. St., Syracuse and Northwestern.

He carefully monitors the schools he likes as to what type of player that they like at tight end and also what the depth chart looks like.

"I saw the tight end that graduated from North Carolina play in one of the college all-star games this year," Nicol said. "He looks like the type of player I am or will be when I get to be his age. Some schools are recruiting these small fast guys. I want to go to a place that likes to play with larger type tight ends."

Carolina head coach John Bunting actually traveled to Beaver earlier this week.

"I really enjoyed Coach Bunting's visit to my school," Nicol said. "He seems to be a man on a mission to get his football team back to the top."

Nicol plans to visit Chapel Hill this summer. He also plans to stop by Duke, which has also offered; and N.C. State during the same trip. Nicol said he is unsure of his major, but that it might be either business related or something to do with teaching and/or coaching.

BIO Rory Nicol
Height: 6-5
Weight: 240
40-time: 4.75
Bench: 280
Squat: 465
Position: TE


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