"I love blocking as much as I like scoring touchdowns," Nicol said. "I am very good at the point of attack. Blocking is fun for me. I can catch the ball when thrown to me but I didn't have many opportunities to run with the ball last season. I know I will get more chances this season. I guess you could say I am a traditional tight end."
Last season as a junior, Nicol caught 14 passes for 178 yards and one score. Defensively, playing outside linebacker, he recorded 78 tackles, 6.5 sacks and two interceptions (one for a touchdown).
Nicol just got back from taking an unofficial visit to Tennessee. He came home impressed with the Volunteers.
"Boy that stadium is massive. Their tight end situation is good for me. Witten left and there is not too much depth there. The staff also seems great, especially coach (Philip) Fulmer. He is awesome and kind of like a dad away from home. He made me feel real comfortable there. He was a good trip."
Another recent trip Nicol took was down south to Chapel Hill to see North Carolina. This was another great stop for the big tight end.
"I went there a few weeks ago and that place is very nice. I like the campus, staff and facilities. Coach Bunting seems like a good coach and a nice man. I know he is on a mission to get that team on top. UNC seems like a very unique place. I have also been to Penn State, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. I pan on visiting Florida State before August."
Does Nicol have a leader or he is still open?
"Right now, I am still open. I like Pittsburgh, Penn State, Tennessee, UNC, FSU, Iowa, Virginia, Iowa and Notre Dame. They have all offered but Florida State. It makes no difference where I play because my father works for an airline and they can fly anywhere. I will try and make my decision because I love a staff that wants to win. The style of offense will be important and how they use the tight end."
Nicol also plays basketball and runs track. He runs the 110 and 300 hurdles and throws the discuss.