Playing the Waiting Game

Linganore HS offensive lineman Corey Nicholson has traveled all over the mid-Atlantic for summer camps. Which schools has he visited? Does he have any offers? Where do the Nittany Lion factor into the equation?

Name: Corey Nicholson
Position: OL/DL
Height: 6'2.5"
Weight: 265 pounds
40 Speed: 4.91 seconds
Hometown/School: Frederick, Md. (Linganore HS)

Last year Linganore HS in Frederick, Md. took home the Maryland 3A State Championship.  Although just a junior, offensive lineman Corey Nicholson was an intricate part of the Lancer squad.  Does he see a repeat in his future?

"We've just been running, lifting hard.  I think we're going to have a good team.  I'll do what ever I can.  Have (Matt) Castor run behind me, that's what I told coach (Rick Conner)," explained Corey.

A 6'2.5'', 265lb offensive lineman, who expects to play defense this season, Corey has made his way around the summer camp circuit this summer.  In May he attended the Nike Camp at State College.  Then in June, Corey returned to Penn State to participate for one day during the second session of Nittany Lion summer camp.  He has also participated in camps at Marshall, Akron, UConn, West Virginia, and James Madison, with the Virginia Tech camp scheduled for next weekend.

Despite the traveling and working out for the college coaches, Corey has amassed just two offers--Akron and Towson State--but has been hearing regularly from more than a dozen schools.  What are the interested colleges telling him?

"They're all talking and telling me the same thing, to just wait it out," said Corey.

Penn State is one of those schools.  So far in the recruiting process the Nittany Lion have just sent Corey mail, but after a good summer camp he hopes that will change.

"I'm hoping they offer.  The recruiting process is a waiting game, so I'm just going to wait it out."

"Coach Johnson (Penn State defensive line coach) said he was impressed.  He said it's just a matter of time; just wait it out.  Coach Anderson (Penn State offensive line coach) didn't really say much.  He said I did a good job, so we'll see," explained the versatile lineman, who worked out on both sides of the ball.  "I think the coaches were impressed.  I did the best I could."

Do the Nittany Lions see him as on offense or defense?

"I think offense--center or guard.  Towson is at tackle and Akron is d-line."

"I just want to play," stated Corey when asks about his own personal preference.

Although he never indicated a favorite, the Nittany Lions sounded especially difficult to beat if they extended an offer.

"I like [Penn State].  I'm impressed.  I love Coach Johnson.  I love the facilities up there and Mike's there," said Corey of his former teammate and incoming Penn State freshman Mike Lucian.

Mike has also given Corey a little hint as what could be in his future at the Division 1 level.

"He said it's tough but it's worth it," Corey said, who hopes to major in either business management or criminal justice. 

Despite having a teammate already in college, Corey has at least thought about playing with his current senior-to-be, running back Matt Castor, on the next level.

"We've talked about it but we'll see how that works out.  That would be fun playing with him for four or five years of college.  It would be a dream," explained Corey, who added Matt has one definite offer from Towson State.

A solid senior season and another championship run for Linganore HS could take Corey from a kid playing the waiting game for offers, to a prospect with schools waiting for his signature during the first Wednesday in February.

(Interview by Steve Curry)

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