UNC Exceeds Nicholson's Expectations

North Carolina hosted Baylor pledge Tony Nicholson for an official visit over the weekend.

“I’ve been talking to Coach [Ron Brewer],” the 5-foot-11, 163-pound athlete from Grand Prairie (Texas) South said. “I told him before I even committed to Baylor that I was going to come down for a visit. I was just trying to keep my word with him and I did.”

Baylor’s coaching staff was aware of Nicholson’s promise and subsequent scheduling of an official visit to UNC.

“Whenever I committed there, they said it was okay for me to take my officials,” Nicholson said. “Before I came to North Carolina, I let them know that I coming. They were fine with it.”

Nicholson is in the process of scheduling an official visit with California, San Diego State, and Washington State, as well as one to Baylor. The trip to Baylor will occur in January.

Nicholson’s UNC official visit was his second to the Tar Heel State. He took an unofficial trip to Duke last year.

“The [UNC] visit was nice,” Nicholson said. “It was better than I expected. The game didn’t go so well, but that wasn’t a big deal to me. I just enjoyed myself being around the coaches [and] the other recruits. North Carolina is a big family environment. I really liked it. The coaches are real cool – I can just hang out with them in their office and have a good time.”

Despite those positive remarks, Nicholson’s commitment to Baylor remains.

“I’m still committed to Baylor,” Nicholson said. “I don’t think anything will change that. It’s going to take a lot of thinking, but it’s going to take a lot for me to de-commit from Baylor.”

Essentially, Nicholson was used as an offensive weapon during his prep career lining up all over the field for Grand Prairie South. UNC sees him as an A-back in its one-back, no-huddle offense. During a film session with Gunter Brewer on Saturday, Nicholson saw how the A-back is used by the Tar Heels.

“They use the A-back a lot,” Nicholson said. “I like the ball in my hands, so I’d like to play that position.”

Before catching a flight back home on Sunday night, Nicholson met individually with Larry Fedora.

“He was telling me that he was glad that I came,” Nicholson said. “He was talking about my major and he was asking me about my weekend. I was just telling him that I liked [the visit] better than I expected.”

Fellow Texan Jessie Rogers was Nicholson’s player host during the official visit. Rogers and Nicholson live 10 minutes from one another.

“Me chilling with him was real cool,” Nicholson said. “We talked about home and he was telling a lot of [UNC] players about me. He really showed me a good time [Saturday] night and told me a lot of good things about North Carolina. He told me to make the decision on whatever feels like home to me.”

Nicholson said he felt at home at UNC – but also noted that he feels at home at Baylor.

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