Still a long list for Nicholson

As one of the top players at his position, Derek Nicholson, a four star linebacker from Winston Salem (N.C.) Mount Tabor, is getting new mail each day. Schools are sending plenty of recruiting material to read while he is trying to study his own playbook in addition to his homework now that school has started.

"I've been getting a lot of media guides in the mail. I normally read them for about five minutes when I get them, and then just add it to the pile," says the 6-foot, 228 pounder. "I have ten or eleven schools that stand out right now. Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida State, Clemson, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Michigan, and Miami are some of the ones I can think of."

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."

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