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Top-rated JUCO CB showing interest in FSU

Florida State head coach Mike Norvell has already put together a small but impressive list of 2022 commitments for the secondary. Five-star duo Travis Hunter and Sam McCall have given their pledge to sign with the Seminoles this winter but Norvell and company may still add another defensive back to this year’s class. The top-ranked junior college cornerback in the class of 2022, DeCarlos Nicholson, received an offer from Norvell while in Tallahassee on an unofficial visit last weekend.

The 6-foot-3 and 200-pound is originally from Petal, Miss., and started his career at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College as a quarterback but projects as a cornerback at the major college level.

Nicholson committed to Mississippi State on July 6 but is actively exploring his options. Schools that are standing out most to Nicholson thus far, other than Mississippi State, are Baylor, Louisiana and FSU . He plans to take multiple visits to some of these schools before signing day, including a July 25 unofficial visit Nicholson just wrapped up in Tallahassee. He also holds offers from Ole Miss, Kentucky and Southern Miss. 

“I want to give everybody a chance,” said Nicholson. “I want to see everything.” 

FSU defensive backs coach Marcus Woodson and Nicholson have had been communicating on the phone and through social media prior to last weekend’s trip to Tallahassee.

“(What stood out is) how he’s a Mississippi guy trying to get us young Mississippi kids a different path than the typical SEC to make it out,” Nicholson said of Woodson. “Florida State is a great place to be.” 

Defensive graduate assistant Slade Buckley has the strongest connection with Nicholson as they grew up in the same city and have had a close bond with Nicholson. 

“I know him the most because we’re from the same town and he graduated with my sister,” said Nicholson. “He used to be like my big brother through the school program.”   

“Last year, I was a freshman coming in competing to start at quarterback, but I didn’t get (the starting job),” Nicholson said. “So this offseason I’ve just been training at a new position, and it’s worked out.”