February 15, 2011

Nicholas set to visit Tech

Abilene (Texas) Cooper quarterback Clayton Nicholas is in the midst of his junior baseball season, but the 2012 prospect will take some time this weekend to make an unofficial visit to Texas Tech.

"Yes, sir. I'll be headed up there on Saturday," Nicholas said. "I've been visiting with Coach Sonny Cumbie the most, and I've gotten a chance to speak with Coach Neal Brown a little bit also. We've got a good relationship right now and that's why I'm taking the trip to find out a little more about them. It will give both of us an opportunity to get to know each other a little better, and I'll have a chance to see if Tech is a place that I could fit in comfortably."

Aside from Tech, Nicholas has been hearing from A&M, Baylor, Houston, Rice, and Louisiana Tech the most recently. Baseball has prevented him from attending any junior days so far, and will probably prevent that from happening at all this spring. Even though it's a priority now, Nicholas can see a time when baseball will become an afterthought.

"I haven't been to any junior days so far and I don't have any plans to attend any soon. Baseball has been taking up most of my time so it's kind of gotten in the way of all of that," he said. "Tech has talked to me a little bit about maybe playing some (baseball) up there. It's interesting for sure, but I think the sport I'll be playing in college is football. After these next two seasons I think I'll be ready to give up baseball and just go straight football."

When Nicholas visits West Texas this weekend, he won't be looking for the red carpet to be rolled out. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder made it clear that he'll be focused on the academic side of things, and that he's not seeking out any preferential treatment.

"I'm looking for a good education, really. I'm not all that concerned about playing football, but I have to make sure I get an education and a degree that will be worth something to me when I get out of school. Football is extracurricular, and a lot of fun, but school is what it's about."

"I'm hoping they treat me like I'm already a part of the program so I can see what it would really be like," he said. "I don't really want to be treated like a little kid with all of the tricks that coaches use to recruit. I'm looking for a place that will treat me like I'm already in the program and just like every other guy on the team. That's what I'll be hoping for this weekend."

While Nicholas is still waiting on that first offer to come his way, he indicated that his timetable for a decision would more-than-likely remain fluid.

"I'm just waiting to see what happens. When I get that first offer that I like and feel comfortable with I won't be afraid to make a decision. Right now, I'm kind of wondering if anybody is ever going to offer me. I'm hoping some will come around soon, though."

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