Western New York is seeing an increase in division one talent over the last few years. That trend continues in 2014. One of the most talented prospects in the area is linebacker prospect Myles Nicholas.
"I think my play speaks for itself," Nicholas described. "I'm a leader on the field. I'll be a senior next year. I was one of the leaders for this past year but I'll really try to step up as a leader this year as much as I can.
"I think I have fast acceleration especially with going through an offensive hole to attack the running back. Just fast and flying to the running back to help the defense and make a play. Offensively, this was my first year playing that side of the ball. I think I did pretty well. I still have things to work on with cutting and which hole to go through, but I think I got better."
Nicholas projects better as a linebacker at the collegiate level, and it is a position he prefers playing.
"I picture myself playing linebacker at the next level," Nicholas admitted. "I need to put some weight on and get faster. But I think that's the position that I like the best and play the best. I like to use my force, and just stop people. Playing running back in high school helps me work on my speed and footwork. It doesn't hurt to get your feet quicker."
With a BCS program less than two hours away, Nicholas was starting to get in touch with the old staff. But the coaching change caused a minor setback. Still, he continues to look at the Orange as an option.
"Some of the guys from CTC have been trying to get in touch with Syracuse," Nicholas recalled. "But then the coaching staff changed. So now they're trying to get back in touch with them because I asked them to get in touch with Syracuse.
"I have a high interest level in them. I've watched them play my whole life. I just think it would be great to play for them. My mom is a counselor in high school and I want to try to major in biomechanical engineering. We looked it up and they're a pretty good school for that.
"I went to the upstate/downstate game," Nicholas continued. "I went there for that and an association combine. That was pretty fun. When I was little, like 9 or 10, I went to a football game there. From then on, I've just loved the team."
Should multiple offers come with Rutgers also showing a lot of interest, Nicholas knows what he's looking for in a school that will fit his talents.
"I'm looking for a good sports program of course," the 6-foot-3 linebacker said. "The education part will be important as well."