August 13, 2010

Top CB begins to eye official visits

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Virginia Tech picked up a commitment last night from one cornerback. The Hokies continue to be in the race for another, Rivals250 cornerback Demetrious Nicholson. The 5-foot-11, 167-pounder is starting to eye official visits.

"Coach Moore and I are trying to schedule my official visits in September," he said. "We're working out what days I'll be free to go and take these visits.

"I want to get out the second week of the season which is our bye week to Stanford (September 4th). I've got to send them the information so they can send me the flight itinerary.

"I'm also working on more dates for October. Coach Moore's got the days and has asked me which schools I want to go to."

So, who is Nicholson targeting for officials?

"Stanford, North Carolina, Clemson, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Virginia," he said. "Those are kind of the schools I want to see. I'm pretty focused on those six."

Still at this time, North Carolina sticks out from the pack.

"Yeah I'd say I'm favoring North Carolina," he said. "I love North Carolina and they are at the top of my list right now. I guess it's just the fact they were the first school to offer, the first school to show me love. All players dream of getting that first offer and being there at camp, they got to see me eye to eye and I got to work with the coaches. Other schools may have offered me cause I'm highly rated, but I know North Carolina personally and know more about them than other schools.

"My mind is not locked into North Carolina though. Coach Moore is constantly on me to never get locked into one school cause you never know what else is out there."

With the NCAA investigation heating up in Chapel Hill, Nicholson states he is keeping tabs on what is transpiring with his leader.

"It's kind of a big deal," he said of the investigation. "Again, it's individual players and not the whole school. If it starts affecting the school then I'll start thinking again, after this weekend I might get a better idea of what's going on."

While North Carolina leads, is any other school close?

"Virginia, Clemson and Virginia Tech are kind of that next group," he said. "Once I visit Stanford to see what's going on there they may move up too.

"I just need to find a school where I have an opportunity to play early. I'm not the type that wants to sit for two years. I want to come in and make an impact right now for the team. I know North Carolina is losing all of their cornerbacks and I could try to battle for a starting job. The atmosphere at the schools are also part of it."

Brian Mohr has covered recruiting in the mid-Atlantic since 2004 and has covered Virginia Tech since 2006 for Hokiehaven.com. To contact Brian, please email him at brian.mohr@cox.net for questions, comments or tips, which are always welcome and appreciated

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