Nicholson talks ASU pledge

With over a dozen of recruits in attendance, it was probably a given that one of the 2015 prospects visiting Arizona State for its spring game today was going to commit to the Sun Devils. Then again, Grand Prairie, Tex. athlete Tony Nicholson admitted that he never planned on making his announcement while in Tempe today.

"It feels great being a Sun Devil," Nicholson said. "When I came here and saw everything, the facilities, seeing how Coach Graham is changing the program around, I felt that I would be a good fit for the program. I toured the campus and I loved it, everyone was so friendly. I loved the dorms too. I loved their business school. That is what I want to major in and their (business) school is Top 25 in the country. Me and my mom were impressed by the education I would get here.

"I talked to my mom (who accompanied him on the visit) and we decided that this is the best situation for me."

The 5-11 168-pound Tony Nicholson plays quarterback for South Grand Prairie High School, and is actually listed in the Scout.com database as a cornerback. Yet, he is being recruited as a wide receiver.

"The (ASU) coaches said that they liked my speed," Nicholson commented. "I was clocked at 4.45 but that was last year and I know I'm faster than that now. No one has never really seen me work at receiver but the coaches just loved my athleticism and feel that I can make a lot of plays with screen passes because I can use my speed there.

"I never played wide receiver but my high school coaches are now having me work at wide receiver in spring practice. I know that I can catch the ball well and be a good receiver."

As a junior during the 2013 season, Nicholson missed a few games, but still led South Grand Prairie in passing (628 yards, 8 TDs, 2 INTs) and rushing (622 yards, 9 TDs).

Nicholson said that Arizona State, and its running backs coach Bo Graham, have been recruiting him just the last couple of months. Duke, Kansas State and Baylor were other schools the wide receiver was heavily considering during the recruitment process.

"It felt good making my commitment on this day," Nicholson admitted. "Coach Graham told me that he can't wait for me to get here and get to work on winning a national championship."

Nicholson didn't rule out taking visits in the future to other schools, but said that "I will most likely stay at where I'm at (with his ASU commitment). I talked to Jaelen Strong and he told me what a great family atmosphere it is here and how much the coaches want to see you succeed after football. It's a winning program and I just love it there."

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