RECRUITING: The next Roy Williams?

California junior college safety Donte Nicholson has two favorites. Did OU make the cut?

DONTE NICHOLSON, SS, 6'2, 210, 4.4, Mt. San Antonio JC, Walnut, CA:

Meet the junior college version of Roy Williams. Nicholson looks like a carbon copy of the former Sooner great and plays the game like him as well. On the junior college level, Nicholson is the same kind of dominating player. Nicholson was a fantastic player at Diamon Bar High School in Diamond Bar, Calif., but grades chased him to Mt. San Antonio.

Nicholson was more of a rover in high school, but has settled into the strong safety position at Mt. Sac. Nicholson finished the season with 85 tackles, four interceptions, two fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles.

Mt. San Antonio is 2-2 on the year this season and Nicholson is on pace to have the same kind of season statistically. Nicholson is being recruited by the college football world, but he has narrowed some of his choices down.

"Right now my favorite schools are Oklahoma, Washington, USC and Oregon. I am big on Oklahoma right now, because of the way they play defense. My body type and my style of game fits perfectly with that rover position that they have. I really like Oklahoma. Right now Oklahoma and USC are my two favorite schools."

"I know a lot more about USC and I know a lot of the players that are already playing at USC," Nicholson continued. "I go to all their games and know all of their coaches. I just know more about their program right now, plus they graduate two senior safeties this year as well. However, don't think that USC has any advantages in recruiting right now. It is just a fact that I know more about their program, but I really like Oklahoma and I could fit into what Oklahoma is doing very easily."

Nicholson plans to visit the Sooners in December.

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