Nicholson is a talented two-way player who is ranked the No. 1 player in Pennsylvania by Rivals.com and the No. 13 safety in the country. He has good size and is an excellent athlete. He was one of the top hurdlers in WPIAL track last season. He caught 25 passes for 653 yards last football season and also was a standout on defense.
Nicholson has many scholarship offers from Division I colleges, and most want him as a defensive back. But Oregon, Michigan State and a few others want him to play receiver. Nicholson has narrowed his list to 12 -- Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, Florida State, Temple, Oregon, Stanford, Miami and Georgia Tech. He plans to narrow the list more soon.
OUR QUESTIONS, HIS ANSWERS
What's better, a long pass for a touchdown or an interception return for a touchdown? A "pick six." It just shows you did your job the right way.
Do you prefer offense or defense in college? It really depends on where I go. I'd like to play defense, but, wherever I go, they'll use me where they see fit.
You have a new coach this year [Donnie Militzer]. Is there a different atmosphere out there? Not really because it's still a bunch of the same guys. The only new guys are the freshmen. Some of the old coaches are back, too. [Militzer] does things a little different, but it's nothing you can't adjust to.
What would you say to people about [Militzer]? It's not fair to not give him a chance. See what he has to bring to the circle first. If you don't like it, then voice your opinion. But you have to give everyone a chance. It's only fair.
Something that irks you that college coaches do in recruiting? Probably filling a kids head with false hope.
People might be surprised to know ... I was a fencing instructor this summer.
What? Wait ... were you an instructor or a student? I was an instructor. I learned it first, and it was the longest two days of training. Then, after that, I just worked with kids and taught them.
First Published August 14, 2013 4:00 AM