The quarterback from Willoughby (Ohio) South currently boasts four offers from Mid-American Conference schools – Akron, Bowling Green, Ohio and Miami University – but could see his profile raised after good performances at a Scout combine in May and Sunday's Ohio State camp.
After leaving Columbus, Nicely said he was pleased with his performance, which earned him offers from Akron and OU.
"I think I did very well throwing the ball," he said. "All of my footwork was just the way I wanted it, so I think I did pretty well."
Asked what he most proud to show off, he said, "Just the rotation of my ball. I throw a pretty nice ball, very catchable, a tight spiral to the wide receivers. I guess I showed that off on Sunday."
One thing the 6-4.5, 207-pound quarterback left without was an Ohio State offer. That's not to say the Buckeye coaching staff didn't take notice, however.
"I talked to Coach Taver Johnson," he said. "He recruits my area. He said we need to be in touch definitely throughout the season. My dad talked to (head coach Jim) Tressel, and he was like, ‘He's a very good football player.' "
One thing that is not known is if the Ohio State staff will take a quarterback in the class of 2009. Of course, the Buckeyes nabbed uber-recruit Terrelle Pryor in '08 and have Todd Boeckman, Antonio Henton and Joe Bauserman already on the roster.
In 2009, Pryor projects to be a sophomore, while Henton will be a junior and Bauserman a sophomore. The Buckeyes are thought to be on the fence about adding another signal caller to the rotation.
Should they decide to do so, Nicely figures to be near the top of the list when it comes to offers. Receiving one would make the Northeast Ohioan's day.
"That would be surreal," he said. "That would definitely be a dream of mine. I'm an Ohio State fan from an Ohio State family, and Tressel actually played football against my uncle in high school."
If Ohio State does not come through, the possibility to play Big Ten football still exists for Nicely. He said he is receiving interest from Michigan State, Michigan and Iowa and would like to ply his trade in the conference.
"Definitely I'd like to be a Big Ten guy," Nicely said. "I picture myself as being a Big Ten guy, being mentally tough and having physical strength and everything that Big Ten quarterbacks have."
Nicely also will visit Boston College later this month.
"That's about it (for visits)," he said. "I'm going to worry about my football team."