Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mt. Tabor linebacker Derek Nicholson is looking at the high school football playoffs right now and knows recruiting decision time is coming.
“I’m staying focused on our season with us being 10-1,” said Nicholson of his Mt. Tabor team. “We’re looking forward to some good things. We’ve got West Forsyth Friday (in Class 4A) and that will be a big game. They are a crosstown rival for us.”
Nicholson, 6-foot-2, 228 pounds, has been a player to watch this season. He has 148 tackles, 35 for a loss, 11 sacks and two interceptions.
“I’m putting everything into our season and the recruiting will take care of its self,” Nicholson said.
The sixth-ranked inside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com has visits set to Notre Dame (Jan. 21) and Virginia Tech (Nov. 26). He also plans to look at Florida State and Miami.
“I’m working on setting up visits to Florida State and Miami soon,” Nicholson said.
Nicholson can go to a familiar source for information about Florida State. His older brother, A.J. Nicholson, plays for the Seminoles.
“Obviously he knows a lot about it and it would be good if it worked out for us to play together,” Derek said. “But I’m going to go where it is best for me. If that is Florida State great, if not I’ll go where I’m suppose to go.”
What is Nicholson looking for in a college choice?
“Someplace I can have an immediate impact and feel comfortable,” Nicholson said.