Marion-Franklin Lineman Is One To Watch

Among the many talented linemen in the state of Ohio this year is Columbus Marion-Franklin's Torrence Nicholson. Duane Long has more on this player and his recruiting status.

Torrence Nicholson of Columbus Marion-Franklin will be one of Central Ohio's top prospects this year. Nicholson lists his current measurements at 6-3, 270 and is hearing from a number of schools.

"I'm hearing from Iowa, Ohio State, Penn State, Nebraska, Maryland, Syracuse, and Georgia Tech,"

Nicholson can play on either side of the ball, and even though he would prefer to play defensive tackle, Nicholson says almost everyone's recruiting him as an offensive lineman.

Nicholson has never attended any camps before but plans to go to at least three this year.

"I'll likely go to the Nike at Penn State," Nicholson said. "I'll go to camps at Ohio State and Iowa, maybe Penn State."

What will be the big factors in the school Nicholson chooses?

"I want to play early, and I want to play defense," he said. "I will play offense, but the schools that are recruiting me as a defensive lineman are going to be at the top of my list."

Nicholson describes himself as a heady football player.

"I'm a smart player," he said. "I've been playing football all my life. I use my head; I have good football sense."

Nicholson is also a fine all-around athlete. He has a 300-pound bench and a squat of 575, and he had a mark 35-1 in wrestling before the state meet.

"The first match I lost was district finals," Nicholson said. "I put him on his back early, but he came back on me and beat me in overtime."

Nicholson is carrying a 3.6 GPA and is scheduled to take the SAT in April.

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