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USF, FIU offer Kissimmee Osceola LB Riley Nicholson to make 10

Kissimmee Osceola linebacker Riley Nicholson has had a busy week, with six college football scholarships rolling in for the 6-foot, 220-pounder.

Two came in Thursday night while he was in North Carolina for a weekend recruiting trip that will take him to Wake Forest, Duke and NC State.

First it was USF receviers coach Ron Dugans on the phone, offering Nicholson a scholarship to play for the Bulls. About an hour later, he was back on the line again, this time with FIU's new special teams coordinator Shannon Moore and new linebacker coach Rob Harley, and they also offered scholarships.

"Glad I'm finally starting to get in-state schools recruiting me ... I kinda figured if they weren't one of my first couple of offers then they weren't going to offer, but they all kinda came out of nowhere," Nicholson said. "It's exciting."

He's very familiar with USF, having been to the campus several times.

"I like it a lot," Nicholson said. "They've been recruiting me for a while, since like the end of my freshman year. That's one I have been waiting on for a while.

"[Coach Dugans] just said they wanted to offer me and wanted me to stay in Florida and would really like for me to come to USF. He said he likes the way I play and what he saw on my film."

Nicholson, who averaged about eight tackles a game last season for the 11-3 Kowboys, also has received scholarship offers from Syracuse, Rutgers, Western Michigan and Marshall, to go along with his previous offers from FAU, Minnesota,  Southern Miss  and South Alabama. 

He was watching numerous area players in his class start to rack up offers recently and he admitted started to get a bit restless about his on lack of attention.

"Actually, I was really getting stressed out about it until this week," he said. "I was seeing kids get two or three offers a week and I'm just sitting over here wondering what's going on.

"I'm excited. It's a little overwhelming. It's happening a lot faster now than I thought it was going to. ... It's cool and it's a good feeling."

Nicholson is the No. 11-ranked player in the Sentinel's Central Florida Super60 and the No. 76 ranked player in the Sentinel's 2015 Florida Top 100.


Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting, and on Instagram at os_recruiting.

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