Four-star tight end prospect Rory Nicol (6-foot-5, 238 pounds) from Beaver, Pa., went to Virginia over the weekend to see the Cavs host the Seminoles and came away impressed with what he saw. Although an unofficial trip, he has set up a time to return officially, on what is set to be a big day in Charlottesville.
“I really enjoyed it,” Nicol described his trip. “The stadium is awesome, and it was a tough game. I like staff, the players are great, really everything.”
Rory was hosted by freshman defensive lineman Allen Billyk and freshman quarterback Kevin McCabe, two of his friends, and this made his trip even more comfortable.
“It would probably be close to a 10,” he commented. “There were not many negatives. What really sets Virginia apart is the education and the prestige.”
Although he has yet to take any official visits, he now has one set up and is working on several others.
“I am going to take an official to Boston College, but we haven’t set a date,” he said. “I am going to Virginia on Dec. 12. I am about 99-percent sure I will go to Ohio State, too, then maybe Pitt and Penn State. Those are my top five.” He also plans to take unofficial visits to see the Ohio State - Penn State and Ohio State – Michigan games.
Rated the No. 4 tight end in the country by Rivals.com and the No. 12 overall prospect in Pennsylvania, Nicol currently boasts more than 40 offers, including one from all his favorites. He is not in a hurry to make a decision, however, and said he plans to wait until early January.
Nicol also had a few comments on the recent new conference alignment changes, and the effects on his favorites.
“Boston College going to the ACC, I think that will help them a lot,” he said. “It sucks for the Big East, but there is nothing they can do about it. I like Pitt a lot, but conference change is going to hurt them.”
Nicol has led the Beaver High team to a 7-1 mark this season with 12 catches for around 200 yards, but indicates he would be able to contribute more, with more opportunities.
“I talked to the tight end there (at Virginia) and he has 30 catches,” Nicol said. “That is just not our style. I don’t drop passes, they just don’t throw to me.”
An excellent student, Nicol maintains a 3.5 GPA and has already scored a 1,020 on the SAT, so entrance into the college of his choice will not be a problem.