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Pike County’s Chris Nickson is receiving attention befitting one of Alabama’s top prospects for the Class of 2004.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound quarterback/athlete says he’s being pursued by Alabama, Auburn, West Virginia, LSU, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Louisville, among others.
“It’s been a good spring,” he said. “I feel like I’ve got a chance to meet and talk to a lot of good coaches. I’ve got a better feel for them and a chance to learn more about their schools.”
Is there an early favorite?
“No, not really,” he said. “I’ve got everybody pretty equal right now. Of course, Alabama and Auburn are up there because it’s home. They’re going to be in there.
“Alabama is a school with a lot of tradition. I’ve always followed them growing up and rooted for them. They’ve had some changes there, so I’m kind of watching to see how things go with their coaching staff.
“Auburn is a school I’m really interested in. I like their coaching staff and the personal attention they’ve given me. They’ve really opened up to me and made me feel like an important person to them.”
Nickson, who earned Class 3A all-state honors as a junior after passing for 2,300 yards and 30 touchdowns and rushing for 600 yards and 12 touchdowns, said he’s looking for a school that will give him the best opportunity to play quarterback and a strong education. He’s a 4.0 student and has already scored an passing grade on the ACT.
“I like Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt quite a bit, too,” he said. “Those are great schools and they’ve told me I’d have a chance to come in and compete at quarterback.
“I really want to be a quarterback. That’s what I’ve worked for all my life, and I’ll continue to work at it.”
Nickson plans to camp at Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt this summer.
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