Nicholson Ranks Visit '9.5'

Although North Carolina hosted numerous big-time recruits this past weekend for official visits, arguably the most noteworthy was All-American linebacker Derek Nicholson of Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mount Tabor.

The Tar Heels' coaching staff succeeded in impressing the 6-foot-1, 228-pounder, as the visit – according to the Nicholson grading scale – received a higher mark then the ‘8' awarded to his Virginia Tech official last week.

"I liked it, it went really well," remarked Nicholson. "It went real, real well. I'd say on a scale from one to ten, I'd rank it a nine, probably nine and a half. It was very good.

"It was better than Virginia Tech, but it's always hard being the first visit. The next visit you have something to compare it to."

During his stay, Nicholson was able to tour the facilities and campus, while also spending ample time conversing with the coaching staff. His favorite moment, however, was being among the fans for the North Carolina-Kentucky basketball game.

"I just liked getting around players, getting around coaches and talking to the people at UNC," explained Nicholson. "And then during the basketball game, everybody was so excited, it was just a great environment."

Obviously, his stay did nothing but increase the Heels' odds with the blue chipper, but Nicholson admits he is far from naming a leader.

"It helped their chances, but everything is still equal," stated Nicholson, who considers Florida State, Miami, and Virginia Tech as well as the Tar Heels as his current favorites. "It just gave me a good perspective and good idea of what they're doing there right now. And I feel very comfortable with the staff."

Nicholson will officially visit Florida State on January 29th and figures to schedule his official with Miami on January 22nd. If he takes his final visit, Nicholson will set something up with Tennessee.

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