Winston Salem (N.C.) Mt. Tabor linebacker Derek Nicholson is one of the hottest prospects in the state of North Carolina. Nicholson, regarded as one of the top defensive players in the state, has already racked up 12 scholarship offers. Who has already offered the talented junior?
"I have scholarship offers from Duke, Wake Forest, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Florida State, Penn State, Georgia, Mississippi State, and Tennessee," said the 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds.
Nicholson's brother, A.J., plays for Bobby Bowden at Florida State, but Derek maintains that he has no favorites.
"I am wide open. I have to see what programs are out there that fit me the best. I want to go somewhere where I feel comfortable, has just as good an academic reputation as football program, and be surrounded by good Christian people."
Nicholson racked up 181 tackles, 27 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, and three interceptions last season. What does he plan to do this offseason to improve those numbers?
"I am working with the track team to improve my speed. I am also working on my strength and agility. By the way, I had 172 tackles as a sophomore."
Nicholson said that his family takes academics very serious. He has made his family proud with his 3.7 GPA and 19 on the ACT.