Nicolas Still Deciding


Published: Sunday, January 11, 2004 at 5:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 11, 2004 at 5:06 p.m.

For speedy Immokalee cornerback McIntosh Nicolas, this weekend's visit to Gainesville may have helped make his decision on where to begin his college football career easier.

Immokalee coach John Weber said he believes Florida is among Nicolas' top few choices.

"I think it's Michigan State, Florida and Florida State as his top

three," Weber said. "I know Florida's in the mix."

The 6-2, 180-pound Nicolas runs a 4.3 40-yard dash. Weber said any cornerback with his size and athletic ability has a big advantage against the opposition.

Nicholas should be well prepared to adapt to a college-level defense, as Immokalee runs a more complex defensive system compared to other high schools.

"We do a lot of changing on the field--which is a little bit more like

what they do at the college level," Weber said. "He's a little bit more prepared than some guys at this level that just sit in one defense."

While having a successful high school career, the improved competition he will face in college should help Nicolas develop into a more consistent player. Weber said Nicolas played his best football against elite opposition.

"I thought that when it got down to the big ball games, he stepped up," he said. "I think he has to realize that you have to play that way all the time."

Nicolas has yet to return home from his recruiting visit, though reports from other players seem to indicate he was not among those who made a commitment this weekend.

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