Bellflower athlete has UW on list

John Nichols is a 6-3, 210-pound athlete from Bellflower, California, and Nichols is doing his part to get his team to a league championship. They are undefeated so far, so he must be doing something right.

Bellflower is 6-0, 3-0 in league and just beat Cabrillo 29-22. Nichols is pencilling in a couple of upcoming games that will spell the difference between a championship trophy or a trip home. "Either Cerritos or La Mirada," he told last night.

Nichols is playing both ways, as a tight end on offense and a linebacker on defense. So far he has 12 catches for 215 yards and 8 touchdowns. "I've been able to help the team out a lot more on offense, so that's been nice," he said. From his linebacker position he has 2 sacks.

College coaches have been coming by and letting John know they are interested in his services. "They like how I get to the ball and how I hustle all the way through the whistle," he said. Contact has been coming from Arizona, Washington, Colorado State, San Diego State, Colorado, Arizona State and Oregon and he currently has offers from Colorado State, Washington, Portland State and Montana.

UW's linebackers coach Cornell Jackson is recruiting Nichols for the Huskies. "They are recruiting me as a linebacker," he said. He wants me to come in, run to the ball hard and make plays."

John is going to take trips and wait until the season is over before that happens. "Oregon, Colorado State, Washington, Fresno State and one other school," he said when asked which schools he'll visit. "The last trip is still open."

And a leader? "I like Colorado State a lot right now," he said. "The coaching staff has been around there for a long time and they have a good program."

Nichols has already taken the SAT and is fully qualified.

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