Rutgers Offer Heading to Virginia Cornerback

Four-star cornerback Demetrious Nicholson of Bayside High (Virginia Beach, Va.) was on Rutgers' campus during the weekend, and stopped by to the see the facilities and meet a few members of the football staff. It didn't take him long after returning home to hear from the Scarlet Knights, through his coach, about an offer. Nicholson shares his thoughts on the offer, and his visit.

One of the benefits of having the BadgerSport 7-on-7, presented by New Level Athletics, at Rutgers is the ability of out-of-area prospects to see the campus and gain familiarity with the facilities.

Bayside High of Virginia Beach (Va.) four-star cornerback Demetrious Nicholson was one of the players to check out the Scarlet Knights' facilities, and it resulted in a quick offer.

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Nicholson said he was told Tuesday a Rutgers offer is in the mail after assistant coach Randy Melvin called Bayside coach Darnell Moore to break the news.

"I'll consider Rutgers once I learn more about the school,'' Nicholson said. "I hadn't been hearing from them until the camp this weekend, but I will consider them.''

Nicholson enjoyed his early impressions when he saw some of the facilities during Friday's unofficial visit.

"It's a pretty nice place,'' said Nicholson, the nation's No. 7-rated cornerback by "I never knew about Rutgers, but I like their facilities. They've got a lot of stuff here. We saw their (athletic) facilities and heard about their student-support facilities.''

Nicholson hasn't been to any junior days because he's been participating in different events, and at the 7-on-7 he was one o the best, most consistent corners. He played physical at the line of scrimmage and covered extremely well.

He has offers from the Scarlet Knights, Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Stanford, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, but don't look for an early decision.

"I'll look at everything,'' Nicholson said. "I don't have my mind made up anywhere right now. I'll look at all my options, and all the schools that will offer me.''

Nicholson's busy schedule will continue when he travels to Virginia Tech for the start of spring practice, and he will also attend a Nike camp at Virginia in April.

Prior to receiving the Rutgers offers, Nicholson divulged the school recruiting him the hardest. "I'd say North Carolina,'' he said. "They write me the most, hand-written letters. I am probably in contact with them the most.''

Nicholson, a two-year starter at Bayside, played on the varsity as a true freshman.

He has always been a cornerback, but added receiver to his resume last season. He made 33 catches for 850 yards and 11 touchdowns, including a 99-yard touchdown catch, but his future is on defense.

"I think he allowed five catches all year,'' Moore said. "He's one of the leaders on the team.''

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