While some think that the Seminoles and Tar Heels have an inside edge, Nicholson, as he has stated throughout his recruitment, told the coaches at each school that he is open to everyone.
"While my brother is at Florida State and my father played for North Carolina back in 1971, I think I could go somewhere else and play and make my own name."
The ‘Noles are still near the top with several other schools, but North Carolina does have a little work to do.
"North Carolina is not quite at the same level as the other schools. The rest have just jumped ahead a little bit, but of the ten or eleven schools that I am still looking at, they all have the same chance. No team is in the lead.
"If I today were signing day I could not pick yet. I would have to sleep on it, pray, and let God help me make the right choice."
Derek will narrow his list in less than a month, and that would give him a more manageable list of five teams to which he will visit officially.
As for this year, Nicholson has prepped for it, hoping to make a return to the state championship and avenge a devastating loss in that season finale.
"I'm ready for the season. All year, I've been thinking back to the state championship game. What happened is in the past, but I can use it to prepare for the future. I know that I do not want to leave the field of my last game with a loss."