Nicholson can't wait to leave

Donte Nicholson is a 6-2, 207-pound safety prospect from Diamond Bar, California and Nicholson originally signed with the University of Washington out of high school but wasn't able to qualify academically. Now, at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, California, Donte is shining. Not just on the football field either. He's getting things together in the classroom and can't wait to be able to take the next step in his development.

"I've just been going to practice, getting this last year over with," Nicholson told "Just working on my game. Right now, I'm a lot stronger than I was in high school. I feel a lot faster too. I'm a lot more explosive."

Out of Diamond Bar, schooling was the one thing that kept Donte from being a Dawg. "Everything's going good," he said. I'm on track. I should be graduating in December but I'm off by two classes. I'm not sure yet. I made the Dean's list last year."

With an anticipated December graduation, that makes Nicholson even more valuable, as he can go to a D1 school in the winter and be available for spring ball. As such, it's no surprise that his phone has been off the hook. "It's been ringing a lot," he said. Oregon, Oregon State, USC, Washington, Oklahoma...that's about it. A couple of other Pac-10 schools."

He currently has standing offers from Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Oklahoma, USC, Arizona. Head Coach Neuheisel and Defensive Backs Coach Bobby Hauck have been recruiting Donte for Washington. "They've been telling me that they miss me and that they wish I was up there. I'm ready to get out and be up there. I'm ready to be anywhere but here."

It might be easy for Donte to just recommit to the college he signed with out of Diamond Bar, but he's got some trips to take before taking that step. "Washington's right up there on my list," he said. "I'm not ready to say I'm committed there, but they've been there since the beginning. They helped me get here and help me talk to coaches when I was down on myself. They've been with me through it all. I'm trying to go up there from October 18th through the 20th, but I'm not sure. The coaches need to get back to me. We hadn't really confirmed it, but we set that date."

Oregon is the other school Nicholson plans on visiting before he makes anything official. Top Stories