Nicol impressed with OSU

PA TE Rory Nicol has returned from OSU and liked what he saw. He won't be ready to make a choice until after his last two visits, but we have much more now on what he thought about his OSU visit.

Tight End Rory Nicol of Beaver, Pa., the nation's 79th rated prospect overall according to, said he really enjoyed his official visit to Ohio State.

"The weekend was fun. Curt Lukens hosted me," Nicol said. "I had fun. I got to see all the academic stuff and I sat down and talked to the coaching staff about my future there. They're going to have some pretty big additions to the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex so I think that will be interesting. And obviously they're a national power program. So overall it went pretty well."

He said that he went into the weekend at Ohio State with big expectations.

"It was everything I thought it was going to be and maybe even then some," Nicol said. "The kids get treated well and everything is there for you to be successful, you just have to use all of the tools in the right way."

A few highlights of the weekend really stood out for Nicol.

"When we went to the stadium that was fun," he said. "We went down there on Saturday evening and they put on a highlight video and that was fun. And we sat down and met with Coach (Jim) Tressel earlier on Saturday with my parents and myself, and I got to learn a little bit about him and what his goals are as a coach and the way he runs the program.

"He's a good man, I kind of knew that. I know from talking to Coach (Joe) Daniels that they don't come in on Sunday before noon because he allows every coach to go to church and they have a staff bible study, so I knew what kind of guy he was but my parents got to meet him."

In addition to his Ohio State visit, Nicol already visited Pitt and Florida officially and he has Georgia Tech on Dec. 9 and Virginia on Dec. 12 remaining.

"I think out of all five of them it's all going to be close, no one truly stands out," Nicol said. "Ohio State is close to home and it's in the top five for a reason. I think I'll name a number one on like Dec. 20th or whatever. Pitt I like, I wouldn't say a ton, but I like them, they've got a good staff. And Florida went really well, it's another one of those big-time programs. It's really comparable to Ohio State how that visit went. Georgia Tech is supposed to be a really unique campus and their tight end situation is good. They've recruited me from the beginning, and I really wanted to see their school and see what it's like. And Virginia, I've been there and I've got friends down there, their academics are elite and I want my parents to have a chance to see that."

And the deciding factor?

"I think it's just the feeling that I get on my visits. I've got everything written down how I felt," Nicol said. "How you feel is important, everyone talks about that "feeling" you get and that's really the deciding factor because all of the schools are good. After that last visit I'll probably make the decision and be done with it but I'm writing down stuff for sure so I don't forget it."

And after three visits, does Nicol already know where he's probably going to go?

"I have an idea, yeah," he said, "but not any public idea."

At 6-5, 240 Nicol runs a 4.7 second 40-yard dash and bench presses 310 pounds. He caught 19 passes for close to 250 yards and had five touchdown catches this past year and he thinks he would be a good fit to eventually to fill the roll of a Ben Hartsock at Ohio State.

"Ben Hartsock and I are pretty similar in style of play, Ben is obviously a little more mature obviously," Nicol said. "He's probably the most complete tight end that there is in college football this year I'd say. He can do it all. Our offense is very similar and some of our terminology is actually similar which is kind of weird. We don't really throw it a ton but we throw it enough."

Nicol said he was impressed by some of the recruits there on the weekend which included highly-touted quarterback Xavier Lee out of Florida and a host of talented Ohio players.

"Xavier Lee was up there and he was a nice kid. I definitely think he had fun," he said. "He's a big kid too. Teddy Ginn was there, I know Teddy. I met Marcus Freeman and Fred Davis I think there were some superstars over there or they're going to be anyway. I liked them. I think they're all pretty nice guys and they're all friends and they're all about winning."

And he said none of the recruits there really tried to recruit him to go to Ohio State.

"That was another thing that was kind of impressive," Nicol said. "It's a great place, you'll have fun, we need you but ultimately it's your decision, and their staff is the same way. And that's what's the most important. So it was fun, really a lot of fun and I'm glad I took it."

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