Baylor fans got a pleasant recruiting surprise today with the commitment of 3* ATH Tony Nicholson. Formerly committed to the Arizona State Sun Devils, Nicholson has been on Baylor's recruiting radar for quite some time. Though he plays several positions for his high school, including QB, Baylor sees him as a CB a la Jourdan Blake from last year's class. Here is the commitment tweet from the man himself, Art Briles:
#469 #DreamBigDreamBaylor— Coach Art Briles (@CoachArtBriles) September 21, 2014
Nicholson's Vital Statistics:
Name: Tony Nicholson
School: South Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie, TX)
Weight: 171 lbs
Rankings: Composite: 85.29 (3*), 247: 87 (3*)
Profiles: 247Sports, Rivals, Scout
Video: HUDL, YouTube (2013)
Nicholson fits well in Baylor's recent run of taking the best athlete they can find and moving him to corner or safety. As I said above, there's a clear parallel here with 2014's Jourdan Blake, who is redshirting this year, and 2012's Terrence Singleton, now a sophomore. As an athlete, Nicholson holds offers from Arizona State, where he was once committed, Kansas State, North Carolina, Ole Miss, and several others. Now that he's in the fold, and considering Baylor is still chasing several other high profile targets like Holton Hill at CB, my guess is that Jameson Houston moves to safety as we suspected when he first committed.
If more information becomes available, I'll post it. For now, Baylor has a new high in commits in this class with 13, with the latest being one we've been after for a long time. Nicholson is tremendously athletic, as you would expect from anyone Baylor recruits to play a skill position or in the secondary, but will need time to acclimate himself to a new position, much as Singleton did.
Congrats to Tony for the commit and to Baylor's staff for pulling another talented player!