November 9, 2010

Nicholson focuses list

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Four-star cornerback Demetrious Nicholson took his second official visit recently, but an injury has put other visits on hold. However, the 5-foot-11, 167-pounder is really focusing on four schools at this time as the playoffs heat up.

"I got hurt a week ago on Friday in the third quarter," he said. "I had an AC sprain. It's been healing over the week and I'm going to a trainer to be ready for the playoffs this week."

On Friday, Nicholson sat out to heal the arm as Bayside won 40-3.

"I love the way our guys can step up," he said. "Cooper was hurt and Devon (quarterback) was hurt along with a couple of linemen. To put up 40-points and hold them to three, that is big for us. It shows we've got depth and a lot of threats everywhere."

In the week prior, before his injury, Nicholson pulled down his first interception.

"I caught my first interception last week, it was the first time I was throw at and it was the first play of the game. I also ran back a 95-yard fumble, but we were called for a block in the back on the play."

In regards to recruiting, Nicholson discussed his recent official to Virginia.

"I just came from Virginia and had fun, a great time out there," he said. "It was just the coaching staff. It was not my first time being there, but it was my iofficial and I liked the atmosphere with all the students. They upset Miami while I was there and they are a program on the rise.

"It's just Coach London. He is really genuine. When he talks to you, he makes you think maybe I should go there. There is a lot I like, it's convenient and close to home, but every school has something others don't."

While in Charlottesville, Nicholson was hosted by teammate Henry Coley.

"He was my host and it was really fun," he said. "It helped visualize what it would be like if I was to go there. We have a lot of chemistry. We've been going to the same school since middle school. He's the type of person I am and knows what I like to do. There were a lot of people on campus; I didn't know that since last time I visited was over the summer. It was great hanging out with the players on the team."

Clearly Virginia is high on Nicholson's list, who else is in the picture?

"I like Virginia, I still like North Carolina and Clemson as well," he said. "I'm still kind of thinking about Stanford. I just qualified to go there.

"Actually, I'm hopeful that I can commit in the next month or so. I want to narrow it down even more."

Nicholson went a little further about those other options.

"Those schools provide my opportunity to play earlier," he said. "It's just the way I felt at those schools, the coaches tried to take me in. E.J. Manuel told me to always go to the school that loves you, not the school that likes you. I've felt comfortable with those coaches and schools I've visited.

"Stanford is just something different. Not only is it a top academic school, but to be a player from Virginia and go to the Pac-10, that's something different and it would be like starting a new life.

"With North Carolina, they are still high on my list. I want to get down there to check it out.

"For Clemson, I want to visit there. I haven't talked to the coaches a lot, but they are still in my mind."

Previously, Virginia Tech was still a player in the top five, what is their status?

"I'm focusing on those others and not as much on Virginia Tech as I was before," he said. "I'm not even really looking at them, but there is a chance they get a visit. I still got three official visits and I'm looking at North Carolina, Clemson and probably Virginia Tech."

Brian Mohr has covered recruiting in the mid-Atlantic since 2004 and has covered Virginia Tech since 2006 for To contact Brian, please email him at [email protected] for questions, comments or tips, which are always welcome and appreciated

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