Nicholson Adds "Special Offer"

Seminole (Fla.) linebacker Riley Nicholson holds close to double-digit offers, but it's his latest offer from West Virginia that could prove to be the most surprising.

Seminole (Fla.) linebacker Riley Nicholson knew the recruitment process was a roller coaster ride. After seeing his recruitment start out slow, he's witnessed a flurry of offers come his way over the last couple of month.

For a couple of different reason, his latest offer has easily been his most surprising.

"Well, first of all it was a great offer from them," Nicholson said. "West Virginia had told me they didn't need anymore linebackers and weren't going to recruit any this year. But Coach DeForest said they were only five days into the spring and they needed a linebacker in this class. It was just a big offer for me."

"They were my favorite school growing up. They're also head coach (Doug Nichols) favorite school, because he's from West Virginia. When I walked into the lunchroom on the day I got the offer he kept smiling. When I asked him why he was smiling he said I just got offered by West Virginia. It was a really special moment, honestly."

Believing the Mountaineers weren't in need of a player at his position, Nicholson placed West Virginia on the back burner. The scholarship tender, though, has changed that drastically.

"Everything had kind of quieted down with West Virginia," Nicholson described. "I didn't have a lot of contact with them before, though, because they said they didn't need a linebacker. But as of right now they're one of my top three schools along with Wake Forest and North Carolina State. But I really like West Virginia."

"It's kind of a special offer," he continued. "Knowing they could have offered anyone makes me feel good. "It's a really special offer."

Nicholson, 6-foot, 220 pounds, admits he doesn't know much about the Mountaineers. But, he's fully aware of the weekly battle against top competition in the Big 12 Conference, which provides West Virginia with an advantage in his recruitment moving forward.

"I've been playing against high talent all my life living in Florida," Nicholson said. "So, it's all big boy football and that's intriguing to me."

The Mountaineers join others programs such as Rutgers, South Florida, Wake Forest, Syracuse and Minnesota with full rides out to the Florida 'backer.

Last season, Nicholson tallied 100 tackles, 58 solo, 17 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles and five pass-breakups.

Nicholson plans to visit West Virginia for the Gold-Blue spring football game on April 12.


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