Linebacker Manteca (California) Blake Nicholsonthe date of the announcement on us. The Top247 midfielder will exclusively reveal where he will play his college ball today via an exclusive announcement on 247Sports YouTube channel at 6:30 pm PT..

In July, Nickelson narrowed down his list of proposals to the latest three from the states of Florida, Oregon and UCLA. During a conversation with 247Sports, he explained why he looks at each school.

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Oregon: “Oregon has a great program and the coaching staff makes me feel right at home. My impression of Coach (Dan) Lanning and Coach Tosh (Lupoi) is great. They are very down to earth people and great coaches who have shown a lot of interest in me.”

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FloridaA: The people and coaching staff in Florida make me feel like family. Everyone there shows great love for me. I really like Coach (Mike) Norvell and Coach Shannon because they are just really nice and down to earth people. While I was there, they spent a lot of time with me and I really needed to build more relationships with them.”

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University of California at Los Angeles: “The coaching staff shows a lot of interest in me and I had a great experience when I was on campus. My experience with Coach (Ken) Norton and Coach (Chip) Kelly was great. They seem to be very nice and professional people and know how to develop players.”

In June, Nickelson made official visits to Oregon and Florida. Then, in late July, Nickelson made another four-day informal visit to Florida.

“Just the opportunity to see the practice, meet everyone, overall it was a great trip and I learned a little more about the state of Florida and saw how they train,” Nicholson said. “The trip was actually based on trying to get to know the state of Florida a bit more before I made my decision. I was able to see the difference between the official and the unofficial so I could go there again and see if that was the case.” since the first time was important to me. Coach Shannon really impressed me with the way he trains, a lot of mental stuff, a lot of high tempo stuff. Same with Coach Norwell, there was a lot of intensity as well as I think I would fit in well.”

In just one year, Nickelson has 10 tackles (1 tackle for a loss) and 3.5 sacks in 4 games. He also has 1 forced fumble and 4 pass breaks. On offense, he rushed for 472 yards and 10 touchdowns, catching 9 passes for 164 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Nickelson was selected to compete in the 2023 All-American Bowl in San Antonio and the 2023 Polynesian Bowl in Honolulu. He received 4 stars in the industry’s 247Sports Composite, he is the 19th linebacker in the country and the 15th prospect in the Composite. 247Sports ranks Nickelson as 132nd overall in the nation, 11th at linebacker in the nation, and 11th prospect in California in 2023.