Nicholson: "Trying To Represent"

Derek Nicholson

Derek Nicholson knows this week at the U.S. Army All-American game is a once in a lifetime experience for him. That's why the Winston-Salem, North Carolina linebacker is doing his best to take advantage of the week, competing hard in practice but making new friends as well throughout this week.

"It's going good, doing it out here, having fun and practicing," Derek Nicholson said on Wednesday. "We're getting back into the flow of playing football and everything and it's going good. Hopefully we'll have a good game on Saturday and take the win back to North Carolina with a good representation."

With Jonathan Crompton, Derek Nicholson, and Toney Baker all three representing the state of North Carolina, Nicholson notes that he wants to impress everyone this week, proving that football in North Carolina is no joke.

"We've just got to go out and execute Saturday and represent North Carolina," he said. "We're trying to represent. People don't think North Carolina can play that kind of ball and we really can."

With three days of practice down, Nicholson feels that – at this point – he has done quite well in comparison with other All-Stars at the game. "I feel like I'm one of the best players out here," Nicholson said. "I feel like I'm playing well but I need to get back into the rhythm where I'm hitting it, on the ball hitting it and making the play. I feel like we just need to make an adjustment to the speed and to this game and that will take plays here and there and we'll be good."

While his main focus is on the field this week, Nicholson has been able to enjoy his time in San Antonio with some other All-Americans. "I've hung out with a little bit of everyone," he said. "Toney Baker, Jonathan [Crompton], Jerome Hayes from up north, Fred Rouse from Florida, and a couple other people. It's been good."

Nicholson also noted that he still has the same four at the top of his list. Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Miami, and Florida State are his four finalists.

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