Target 2005: Derek Nicholson

Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mt. Tabor's Derek Nicholson won't be putting his suitcase in the attic any time soon. This blue chip linebacker, who owns over 12 offers, will have a very busy month of March and April.

"I'll be checking everything out to see how everything goes," stated the 6-1, 230-pounder. "I checked out N.C. State this weekend. I checked out Virginia. In the future I'll check Tennessee. I'm going to Miami. I'm going to Virginia Tech. I checked out Florida State and Clemson."

"I'm probably going to go to the junior day to Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Miami all in the future," continued Nicholson. "I'm going to have a pretty busy month for March and April with checking all these schools out. I'm also trying to check out another home basketball game at Carolina."

Nicholson kicked off his unofficial visits tour with a trip to Chapel Hill on January 17th to soak in the Tar Heels basketball team's defeat of then No. 1 UConn. He enjoyed the game, but made sure to focus on the little things.

"Well of course, it was hype loud," exclaimed the inside linebacker. "Great atmosphere just for college sports, period. I got a better in-depth look at how the players work and how the coaches work and how they acted towards the players off the field. I got a good sneak peek at North Carolina."

It's too early in the process for Nicholson to have narrowed things down to any kind of favorites list. However, he does admit that growing up a North Carolina fan and watching his father play for the Tar Heels, gives UNC a slight advantage.

"Well, I grew up as a UNC fan," confessed Nicholson. "I watched them play a lot as a youngster because my dad played for them back in the day, so he is a fan. My mom went there so we are all UNC football, basketball, etc. fans. So I have that natural feeling towards UNC. Since I grew up as a fan, there is a lot of interest."

Nicholson isn't going to rush things when it comes to decision time. He is going to take it easy and make all his visits before making any decision.

"Anything can change at any giving time during the process or during the football season," remarked Nicholson. "After my senior campaign is over, I'm going to concentrate on recruiting real heavily then. I'll probably take all five of my official visits after my senior year, and then make a decision after that."


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