When he graduated from Woodinville (Wa.) High School he was a full-qualifier that didn't have a lot of options. He decided to commit to Eastern Washington University, but thought better of it when he arrived on campus for a visit.
"I committed to them, but it just didn't feel right to me when I was there," Nicol told JCFootball.com. "I had some friends who were already playing at Orange Coast who told me about the coaches, the area and the football program so that's how I decided to go down there and see what happened.
"I had a really good first year. I had six interceptions, one for a touchdown, six pass breakups, 58 tackles, one sack, one blocked punt and a fumble recovery."
Nicol got calls from SMU and Kansas during the May evaluation period and is receiving lots of mail from Oregon State, Arizona State, Utah, Kentucky, Colorado, Houston, Ole Miss and his childhood favorite, Washington.
"Matt Tuiasosopo was a year ahead of me at Woodinville and we're still good friends," Nicol said of the former Husky commit who is currently playing in the Seattle Mariners' farm system. "I've been a huge Husky fan my whole life and then knowing the Tuiasosopo's, who're like the first family of Seattle sports, actually Washington sports, just makes it that much more powerful."
Nicol (5-10, 173) has impressive physical stats to go along with his excellent skills on the field. He runs a 4.42 forty, benches 225 pounds 10 times and claims a 36-inch vertical leap.
Because he qualified out of high school, Nicol can enroll at any time, but expects to finish his associate's degree in December so he can be on campus for spring practices and get a jump on his new defense.
He will have three years to play two seasons and he expects to major in journalism when he decides on a school.