Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mt. Tabor linebacker Derek Nicholson took a trip to Blacksburg over the weekend to see one of his 10 favorites first hand.
Nicholson is in the process of choosing five schools for official visits from a list of 10 that includes the Hokies along with Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.
“I had a good trip, everything went very well up there,” explained Nicholson. “The stadium noise is very loud up there, and the team is intense. It was a good gameday atmosphere and a good win for Tech.”
On the visit, Nicholson had a chance to meet with Tech’s coaching staff, although he missed out on chance to hang out with a lot of the players.
“I got up there a little later than many of the other recruits there on Saturday,” said Nicholson. “I did observe the team though, they’re a tight-knit group of guys. I got a chance to meet with the coaches. They’re a good group of guys, very down to earth.”
The Hokies may have improved their standing with Nicholson as far as making his top five, but the 6-foot-2, 228-pound athlete isn’t tipping his hand as to who’s in and who’s out.
“Right now, I can’t say anyone is definitely getting a visit or not,” said Nicholson. “I’ll know more about where I’m going near the end of the month. I think Virginia Tech has a good shot at making that group coming off this visit.”
Nicholson was in Tallahassee the week before to check out the Seminoles along with his brother A.J. take on the Clemson Tigers.
“I had a good time down there as well, I’ve always enjoyed that stadium on gameday,” expressed Nicholson. “It’s difficult to compare schools right now as so many so schools bring so many different things to the table.”
Mt. Tabor is off to a strong start in 2004 running out to a 6-0 record behind the strength of Nicholson’s play. Unsure of his numbers specifically, Nicholson did say he was having a solid season being a playmaker all over the defensive side of the football.
Nicholson and Mt. Tabor will face Grimsley this week.