Seven Teams Still In The Race

Beaver, PA (Beaver HS) tight-end <b>Rory Nicol</b>, rated by TheInsiders.com as the #2 TE prospect in the country, names his top 7 teams. How interested is he in the Nittany Lions?

Name: Rory Nicol
Position: TE
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 238 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.83
Bench Press: 295 pounds
School: Beaver Area SHS, Beaver, PA


Although Beaver is 2-0 so far this season, Nicol has made only 5 receptions, including 1 for a touchdown, due to an offense predicated on running the ball. Rory, however, already has the attention of every major college coaching staff on the east coast and has been fielding a ton of calls this month as one would expect.

He hasn't scheduled any official visits yet, but he does have a few schools in mind as possibilities.

"I've kind of been telling everybody the same thing. Towards the end of this month, I'll get it all set up and then go from there. I'll probably schedule 5 [visits] and save the best for last. Hopefully, that'll be it and I'll be done with this whole thing. They'll probably all be in December I think as of right now.

"Penn State will be one, and Pitt. The only thing about the two in-state schools is that if it were to come down to more than five, then maybe I would not take one to one of the in-state schools just because I could see them anytime. But, I don't think that'll be the case.

"Also, probably Virginia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and then the one iffy one, which would make six, is Ohio State. I'd have to see about that one for sure, but probably those five."

North Carolina is also in the mix.

"Oh yeah, I guess I forgot about that," he laughed. "There are seven. It just goes on and on. See, North Carolina's a little different because I met a couple guys down there when I was there that I kind of have relationships with, so for me to go down on like a Saturday morning and then stay a night with one of those guys wouldn't be a big deal.

"It's those 7 in all honesty. By the end of the month, I'll have it all figured out and go from there."

Does he favor any one team or group of teams over the other?

"Not really, there are a couple in my head, but not a true number one. I still like Penn State a lot and Pitt. Penn State, in all honesty, isn't really winning any games right now and Pitt's looking so good. I don't want to judge by two games, or in Pitt's case one game. Tennessee is 2-0, whatever, but really I think Penn State, even Bradley says, 'this year we have a lot to build upon', but they have a pretty good back in Austin Scott and they're going to get a pretty good quarterback this year I think, so I think they're going to build into something good."

Rory hasn't been to a Penn State game yet this year, but hopes to attend at least one this season. He spoke with Coach Bradley last week and was going to talk to him again on Thursday evening.

"I'm still interested. I'd like to see them get a couple wins up. Obviously, they don't have any tight-ends (after this year). I know they have a couple of guys in this class that could be tight-ends, but I know they don't really want them to be there (at tight-end). I think Penn State's in a win-win [situation] either way, because the Lucian kid and Hill can both play tight-end. But, they want me still and I still have interest in them. I told Coach Bradley in the summer that I just wanted my parents to get out and see schools and he understood that."

Of Nicol's top seven teams, his parents have only seen Pittsburgh and Ohio State with Rory. They saw Penn State's campus when checking out schools for one of Rory's sisters, but didn't get to see the football facilities. Rory has one sister at Virginia Tech and another at Pitt.

This one could come down to the in-state schools, although, as is often the case, official visits and the performances of each prospective team on the field could play a big role in this coveted prospect's decision making process.

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