Although the decision basically came down to North Carolina and Florida State, Nicholson also considered Virginia Tech and Texas. The 6-foot, 228-pound All-American officially visited all four of the aforementioned schools.
Nicholson eclipsed the 500 career tackles mark in mid-season of senior year and proved his worth in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl by recording nine total tackles.
His decision reunites Nicholson with his older brother A.J. – also a linebacker – in Tallahassee. His father, Darrell, also a heralded linebacker, starred for North Carolina and then the New York Giants in the NFL.