While Nicholls was excited about the Rutgers performance, he was a bit disappointed that his football season ended with a loss in the playoffs to powerhouse St Thomas Aquinas. "It is a bit disappointing, but I left my all on that field. I can look in the mirror and say I tried my hardest out there to help my team win. So overall, I am OK with it. I just need to focus on the next challenges that present themselves".
And for Nicholls, he will surely be invited to some football All-Star games. But what we did not know was Nicholls has been a three-year varsity player on the Ely basketball team. "I have been playing power forward and the center position for the last three-years. My first two year I averaged in double figures. My junior year, I got bigger and was more into football, so my production dropped to about 7 points per game". When asked if the added weight has significantly affected his mobility, he responded "it has affected it, but I am still mobile. I can still dunk off the drop step". Not bad athleticism someone measuring 6'2" 305 lb.
And to add to his all-around athletic resume, Nicholls is the captain of the Ely baseball team. "Baseball is one of my favorite sports. I have been playing it forever. I pitch and play 3rd base for the team. But this year, with going to college next year to play football, I may not play baseball. I am considering just putting my time in to strength and conditioning. Where ever I go next year, I want to contribute, so I want to be in good shape".
In essence, you have a 6'2" 305 pound warrior at DT, that can also dunk a basketball and man the corner at 3rd base. No wonder he is such a highly touted prospect and a priority for the Scarlet Knights.