There’s a new name on the market that Kentucky fans need to learn.
DeCarlos Nicholson, a three-star cornerback ranked by 247 Sports as the sixth-best junior college prospect from the class of 2022, announced his decommitment from Mississippi State on Saturday morning. And why is this important to readers of a Kentucky fansite? Because Nicholson received a verbal offer from the Kentucky coaching staff on July 10 and a written offer on August 1.
The Wildcats’ new defensive back coach, Chris Collins, has been leading the recruitment.
— DeCarlos Nicholson ?? (@therealdjn2) August 14, 2021
But there’s more to it than just a scholarship offer.
Justin Rowland of Cats Illustrated reported two weeks ago that Nicholson already planned on taking an official visit to Lexington this fall despite still being committed to the Bulldogs at the time. Nicholson was only an MSU pledge for roughly five weeks. On Sunday, Rowland reported that Nicholson plans to take official visits to both Kentucky and Florida State this fall.
The Mississippi native actually played quarterback his freshman season at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College before converting to defensive back. Standing at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Nicholson is ranked by 247 Sports as the sixth-best JUCO recruit and top overall cornerback.
Kentucky currently has two defensive backs already committed to the class of 2022: Alex Afari and Andre Stewart. The likes of Baylor, Florida State, Ole Miss, and a few other non-Power 5 programs have also extended offers to Nicholson.