There have been several major changes at Bowling Green since Willoughby (Ohio) South quarterback Patrick Nicely committed to the Falcons this past August. Head coach Gregg Brandon was fired by the school after his team went 6-6 this season, and former Tennessee coordinator Dave Clawson was named the new head coach on Friday.
"I am committed, but I'm looking at other things and weighing my options right now if the Bowling Green thing doesn't work out," Nicely said. "A bunch of schools are coming to my high school and pulling me every which way. Mentally it's tough, but I'm a big kid and I can handle it."
Of the schools that have increased their recent interest in Nicely, the three-star quarterbacks feels Central Michigan and Kent State are closest to offering. Akron has also offered and Nicely is planning an official visit there the weekend of Jan. 17. Toledo has also offered Nicely and the Rocket's recently hired Matt Campbell, Nicely's previous recruiting coach at Bowling Green.
"The head coach got fired at Bowling Green and his offensive line coach knew the new head coach at Toledo, so the head coach at Toledo offered the offensive coordinator job to the offensive line coach," Nicely said. "He was the one who recruited me since I was a sophomore and he has so much respect for me.
"(Toledo) gave me an offer and I am going down there for an official visit this weekend. I've never been down to Toledo, so I am going to go, see how it is and give respect to the guy who stuck with me since I was a sophomore."
The 6-4, 205-pound Nicely is coming off a senior season in which he threw for over 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns with only four interceptions despite playing in only eight of Willoughby South's ten games.
"Definitely the most (improvement came in) reading the defenses and having the game slow down," Nicely said. "I definitely improved my knowledge and football IQ. Knowing what defense they are in can be such an advantage on where you're going to go on a play."