"I thought I played good," Nicholas described. "I thought I was one of the best linebackers there. I felt like I exploded and moved around well. I just need to control myself more on the flip your hips drill. They said I ran a 4.9 40.
"The best time I've ever run is a 4.73. So my goal for the season is a 4.6 or 4.5. I'm going to continue to work on that and I think I can get there if I keep on working and get my form down."
Nicholas has attended several camps over the spring. He says the Syracuse camp was one of the best he's attended.
"I thought the camp was great," Nicholas admitted. "It was very organized, the drills were very precise. I felt like they helped and will contribute to some things I can do during the season. So I loved it."
Throughout camp, linebackers coach Clark Lea spent a lot of time working with the 6-foot-2 prospect.
"I feel like he gave me some great advice," Nicholas explained. "I think he gave some things I can take back to my school and I think we started to bond. We got to get to know each other with his coaching style and my playing style. Throughout the drills I was able to get a feel for the Syracuse style of defense and I really liked it.
"He told me one of the things I can work on is controlling my body more when I come out of breaks. Using my peripheral vision more on the flip your hips and cone drills. But overall he liked what I had to offer."
Despite performing well, Nicholas did not leave the camp with an offer. The coaching staff explained where things stand as summer approaches.
"After all of the linebackers talked and we went over some film of us practicing, when everyone left they discussed it," Nicholas recalled. "They were saying that they've already offered too many linebackers so they couldn't give me an offer at the moment.
"They told me to wait about a month to find out where some of the other linebackers stand. Then they can see if they can give me an offer before my senior season."