"It was kind of a relief [to receive a scholarship offer] – big relief. But I was more surprised than anything."
Nicholson, a 5-foot-9, 149-pound cornerback from Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside, can't receive an official scholarship letter until September 1. Based off conversations with UNC's staff, Nicholson fully expects to receive that letter from UNC the first day permitted.
"I was knocking down a lot of passes [during camp]," Nicholson said. "First, [Everett Withers] kept telling me and telling the other coaches that he loved me. And then I talked to Butch Davis and he said he's very interested in me coming there and to expect a scholarship offer on September 1."
Nicholson was able to flash his ability the most during one-on-one passing drills, where he shutdown most opposing receivers.
"I just try to remember everything that I know," Nicholson said. "And I try to read my keys."
It wasn't until the final session of camp that Nicholson was truly challenged. Tehvyn Brantley, a 2010 prospect who earned a UNC scholarship of his own, became the first and only receiver to complete a pass on Nicholson.
"He woke me up, because I wasn't expecting that move he gave me on the first try," Nicholson said. "It was a great experience, because I got to see what I will go up against in college."
UNC's two-day camp was the first camp Nicholson has attended. Within the next month, though, he will camp at Virginia Tech (July 11) and East Carolina (July 19-21).
Although he doesn't have a solid favorites list, Nicholson says UNC is definitely one of his preferred schools.
"Every time I try to put my top five schools down, North Carolina is always one of them," Nicholson said. "[My top five] keeps changing, but North Carolina is one of them that always sticks in my top five."
Proximity and academics, which are important to Nicholson, are playing in UNC's favor.
"North Carolina is real convenient to home – my parents can come see me play – and it's a great school," Nicholson said.
This fall, Nicholson plans to attend games at UNC, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
As a sophomore at Bayside, Nicholson recorded 25 tackles, three interceptions, and ten pass breakups.