Catching Up with Rory Nicol

Pennsylvania tight end Rory Nicol is showing his football talent on the gridiron and demonstrating his recruiting prowess on practically every college recruiting board on the East Coast.

The 6-5, 243-pounder plays in a run-oriented offense, so while he doesn't catch perhaps as many passes as he should, Nicol is instead establishing himself as a dominant run blocker, clearing holes for the team's 1,000-yard running backs.

He has 13 receptions for approximately 200 yards for 7-1 Beaver Area HS.

"Our team has been blowing most people out," Nicol said. "Last week I played the first quarter and then was pretty much done after the score got out of hand. This week we play Beaver Falls and if we win then we are pretty much guaranteed home field advantage for the first round of the playoffs."

On the recruiting front, Nicol has narrowed it down to eight fortunate teams.

"In no particular order, I like Virginia, Boston College, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Penn State, North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia Tech," he said. "I'd say North Carolina is in the middle of the pack right now. I know they are struggling now but they have some young talent there as well. I think about them often. I really enjoyed my unofficial visit when I went down there. Coach Powell calls me every week and Coach Browning came up to see one of my games."

Nicol has scheduled a visit to Virginia for Dec. 12. The recent commitment of tight end Tom Santi to Virginia has not dissuaded him from looking at the Cavaliers.

"I know that they run a lot of two tight end sets so the commitment by Santi will not affect my decision that much," Nicol said.

He will also visit Boston College on an official visit. The remaining three have not been decided.

"There is a chance that I will visit North Carolina on one of my remaining visits," Nicol said. "I am not sure yet."

He is primarily focusing on his remaining high school career. Virginia will be his first visit with the final four visits to be scheduled in late December or January.

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