Class of 2022 junior college cornerback prospect DeCarlos Nicholson is committed to Kentucky, but Florida State remains a top contender for the Mississippi native after his official visit to Tallahassee this past weekend.
At 6-foot-3 and 202 pounds, Nicholson is ranked as the top JUCO cornerback prospect in his class. He unofficially visited FSU on July 25 but enjoyed his first gameday experience inside Doak Campbell Stadium, citing the match as the highlight of the entire visit.
“The environment stood out the most,” said Nicholson. “It was a fun game, fun rivalry, and it was a good time down here. Just the environment, it was crazy.”
Nicholson talked about the game itself and what he saw from his own position group on the field.
“They played a really good game,” Nicholson said of FSU’s defensive backs. “If I come here, I could help contribute to that and see myself out there with those guys.”
The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College product also gave his takeaway of the team’s general performance vs. the Hurricanes.
“They never really wavered,” said Nicholson. “They jumped out ahead of them and then they found themselves down late, but they still banded together like a family does, and they pulled it out.”
Outside of the game, Nicholson spent a lot of time bonding with a fellow Mississippi native, defensive backs coach Marcus Woodson. Nicholson hadn’t spoken with Woodson in person to this extent prior to this past weekend and explained what was gained from that.
“Just getting to know him more on a personal level than just football,” said Nicholson. “Getting to really know him and talk to him and him talk to my family and build an even stronger relationship with him.”
Florida State defensive graduate assistant Slade Buckley has a unique relationship with Nicholson, who grew up in the same city as family friends. Nicholson described the life-long connection the two of them share.
“He’s just like my big brother,” said Nicholson. “I’ve known him since I was little. My mama’s known him since he was little. He’s just like a big brother to have around.”
Aside from this past weekend, Nicholson has taken only one other official visit thus far: a Sept 10 trip to Kentucky, which is where he is verbally committed. Nicholson will return to Kentucky this upcoming weekend for an unofficial visit and plans to officially visit Mississippi State on Dec 10.
Nicholson will enroll early after signing in December and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
“I’ve got three or four (schools) that I’m looking at, and they (FSU) are still there making a strong case,” said Nicholson.