Nicholson Likes Heels, Will Visit

After somewhat falling out of favor for one of the top in-state talents, North Carolina – along with Florida State, Miami, and Virginia Tech – is now a solid co-favorite of All-American linebacker Derek Nicholson of Winston-Salem Mount Tabor.

"I just really got this feeling that I'm starting to feel them a little more then I was before," remarked Nicholson.

The Tar Heels' upward climb during a season that started fairly shaky combined with the unlimited potential of a very young team apparently put the Heels back in the race.

"Well I like what they have done this year," explained Nicholson. "They have improved and they are moving in a positive direction. I'll have a better idea on what's going on with them after I visit."

Nicholson will take an official visit to North Carolina this weekend adding yet another blue chip prospect to the guest list. The 6-foot-1, 228-pounder took an official visit to Virginia Tech this past weekend, has an official scheduled with the Seminoles on January 22nd and will most likely visit Miami the weekend following his Chapel Hill visit. His remaining official visit slot allotted to Notre Dome has since been revoked, due to their coaching situation.

As with any big-time recruit, the Tar Heels' coaching staff has been recruiting Nicholson hard, constantly contacting the All-American and making an in-home visit this past weekend.

Nicholson's senior season ended prematurely Friday, when Mount Tabor lost an overtime playoff game to state power Richmond Senior. Nicholson eclipsed the 500 career tackles mark in mid-season and recorded well over 170 tackles for the third year in a row.

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