Nick Waisome is a name to keep a close eye on for the Class of 2011. Waisome, 5-10 and 165 pounds, is a cornerback prospect from Groveland Southlake High School in Florida. So far he has written scholarship offers from Florida, Florida State, Miami, Ole Miss and Duke.
"I did well at camps this summer and made a name for myself," Waisome said. "The Big Three offered me verbally. So when they gave me a written offer last week it wasn't a big surprise. Duke and Ole Miss offered after watching video of our Kickoff Classic a few weeks ago.
"I am actually very excited about everything, about all of this. I just want to work hard, try my best and excel."
Last season Waisome played receiver and his coach suggested he move to the other side of the ball.
"We moved him to defense because of his overall athleticism and natural instincts," Terrance Larmond said, his high school coach. "He is a very good wide receiver but at cornerback he can dominate and take away what ever side of the field he is on."
Waisome is a quick learner and he quickly made a big splash on the camp circuit.
"Coach said this would help me get ready for college. I went to a couple of camps where I played corner and did well. I am excited about it now because that position garners lots of attention. You can gamble there. It's all on you.
"I love jamming at the line of scrimmage. I love getting physical out there. That's my strong point."
Over the last two seasons Southlake has produced two big time prospects in Jeff Demps and Jonotthan Harrison. Both ended up in Gainesville. Will Waisome follow his two former teammates?
"I am wide open and never had a favorite team growing up. I am more of a basketball player. But I have been to a few Florida games. At this point I am willing to talk with any body.
"I do talk with Jonotthan and his advice to me is to take all my visits and see all the schools.
"I am coaching at the coaching staffs, the position coach and it will be a family decision. I want my mom to back me up. Education is big because you have to have something to fall back on in case football doesn't work out. I am also looking at these schools and how they put players in the NFL."
Southlake played Tampa Catholic last Friday and lost 28-14. In that game Waisome had an interception for a touchdown and four tackles. This week they face a big rival, East Ridge. This past summer Waisome camped at FSU, Florida, Miami, Nike, Under Armour (Miami, Jacksonville and Atlanta), and NUC. Last Saturday he attended the Florida/Charleston Southern.