Nicholson Up to 40 Offers

Winston Salem, N.C. is home to one of the country's top linebacker prospects. Derek Nicholson has already logged an impressive amount of offers to stake his claim as one of the top linebacker prospects in the country. Have the Irish offered Nicholson? What are his thoughts on Notre Dame?

Derek Nicholson has had a wild month on May. "I think I have over 40 offers now," said Nicholson. "I've gotten a lot of phone calls and coaches coming by."

With so many offers, Nicholson said he's trying to sift through the offers and find a comfortable list of schools he interested in. "40 is too many," Nicholson said. "I want to narrow it down to five before my season. That might be hard to do, but I'm going to try to do that."

Nicholson says he's already taken a number of unofficial visits. "I've visited all the North Carolina schools, Georgia, Michigan, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Tennessee. They were all about the same. I'd say Florida State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Georgia stood out the most."

Working out will become the priority for Nicholson this summer. "I don't think I'll attend any camps," he said. "I might attend one, but that would be it. I'll probably go see some more schools in the fall for a few games, but I want to focus on working out with my team."

The 6-2, 220-pound Nicholson already has a brother playing football at Florida State. We asked if that would play any role in his decision. "I'm going to make my own decision," said Nicholson. "I like Florida State, but there are a lot of good schools out there and another school might be a better situation for me."

The Irish have been recruiting Nicholson very hard. "I talked to coach Diedrick for quite a while," said Nicholson. "Notre Dame is an option I'm looking at. I don't have any favorites, but Notre Dame is definitely in my top 10. I'm looking at them hard and I'm interested in what they have to offer."

Don't expect an early decision from Nicholson. "I plan to take all my visits after the season. I could decide on signing day or whenever I get that feeling that I know where I want to go."

Comments: The Irish appear to be in the race for Nicholson and he seemed to enjoy his conversation with Diedrick. Many speculate he'll follow his brother to Florida State. I believe he's pretty open to anyone at this point.


IrishIllustrated.com Top Stories