May 13, 2008

Colleges stopping by to evaluate Nuckols

USC, UCLA, Colorado, Washington and Oregon State are among the colleges that have been by Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, Calif., so far during the spring evaluation period to evaluate Edward Nuckols.

"I have said a little hi and bye to them," explained the 6-foot-2, 300-pound defensive tackle prospect. "That is about all the communication that I can have with them. But my coach has been talking with them."

Colorado and Arizona have already stepped up to the plate with a written scholarship offer. Nuckols said that Minnesota and Arizona State have verbally offered.

Which colleges currently top his list?

"USC is at the top of my list," Nuckols said. "I actually had the chance to go visit them about a month ago and I really liked the campus. And I had a chance to meet with the coaches and talk to them and see them run one of their spring workouts. I really liked the tempo of it and how they reacted with their players.

"Colorado is also on my list. Oregon is on my list. UCLA is on my list. And I also like Virginia Tech and West Virginia even though they haven't contacted me yet."

Defensive line coach Romeo Bandison and tight ends coach Kent Riddle both stopped by his school from the Buffaloes' staff.

"I really don't know much about their program but I do want to learn more about it," Nuckols said of Colorado. "Based off of what the coaches say about it, it sounds like a really good school."

Nuckols plans to attend the Trojans' Lineman Camp and Rising Seniors Camp this summer.

A Rivals.com four-star prospect, Nuckols earned all-league, all-county and second-team all-state underclass honors as a defensive lineman last fall. He rushed for seven touchdowns as a fullback.

"The fact that I am athletic enough to play fullback is what kind of separates me from most big linemen at the high school level," Nuckols said. "I also play with a high level of determination when I am on the football field."

"He's a great run stopper and took on double teams on every play," Mission Hills head coach Chris Hauser recently told Greg Biggins of Rivals.com. "He's a high motor kid and really performed well for us. He was all-state as a sophomore and he has continued to get better every year."

Nuckols compiled a solid 76.71 SPARQ rating at the Long Beach NIKE Combine this spring.

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