Introduction: Nick Glass

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It isn't every day you see sophomores collecting offers, but with the right skills, size and athleticism prospects are able to get coaches to gamble on their talent level even as a 15-year-old kids.

That is exactly what 6-foot-2, 200-pound safety Nick Glass has been able to do, but it hasn't just been a few coaches willing to gamble. Glass now has 14 different Division I schools who were interested enough to pull the trigger.

Glass has offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Cincinnati, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Mississippi, Mississippi State, North Carolina, NC State, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wake Forest.

The latest offer for the St. Pius X Catholic (Ga.) High School star came when new Tennessee safety coach Derrick Ansley got in contact with Glass via Facebook.

"I got a message on Facebook telling me to call (Coach Ansley) and I did," Glass told InsideTennessee. "He told me the coaches watched my film and they loved it.

"Everyone loved it and he said coach Sal (Sunseri) loved it especially. He told me they wanted to get me on campus soon and he went ahead and gave me the offer."

Glass, who finished his sophomore season with 75 tackles, 5 sacks, 5 pass break-ups, 4 interceptions, and 4 tackles for loss, visited the Florida Gators over the weekend and has several trips planned in the near future, including Auburn (March 23), Tennessee (March 31) and Clemson (April 14).

The Atlanta, Ga., native doesn't know much about the Vols, but he does know quite a bit about a Peach State native and former Tennessee safety that is turning a few heads in the NFL.

"I haven't been to Tennessee before, but I do know they turned Eric Berry into one of the best players in the country and he is from around here," Glass said. "That is where I am trying to get so Tennessee is definitely a huge offer for me."

Glass, who claims a 3.0 core GPA, considers himself as a ball-hawking playmaker, but hopes to turn a few more heads in 2012 by adding both size and jets this offseason.

"I am known as a ball hawk and a sure tackler," he said. "I am trying to really be a leader on the field even though I am a younger guy. I am trying to get better this offseason by getting stronger and faster in my offseason program."

Glass will take his first ACT over the summer. And while early playing time would be an added bonus for the prospect, he seems to have his priorities straight both on and off the field.

"I just want to see where the program is going and what they are trying to do," Glass said. "I would like to go into a program that is already winning with a great coaching staff. Early playing time is good, but I wouldn't mind getting a red shirt because you can get stronger and focus on academics in your first year."

Glass and St. Pius X Catholic are hoping to build on a 2011 campaign that ended with an 12-1 record and saw them advance to the third round of the GHSA Class AAA state playoffs before falling to Cairo 21-0.

Chris Price is a staff writer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously an intern for the site for two years before graduating from the University of Tennessee. He joined the InsideTennessee team in 2009.

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