July 9, 2006

Nicholls has four SEC favorites

Four Southeastern Conference programs have vaulted into the lead for Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely defensive tackle Donte'e Nicholls.

"Right now, my top schools are South Carolina, Auburn, Georgia, and Florida," Nicholls said.

The 6-foot-2, 270-pounder, who bench presses 330 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds, had positive comments for each of his four favorites.

South Carolina: "They have a big-time coach in Steve Spurrier. I grew up following him when he was at Florida. He has a tradition of turning around programs. I like the way they play, and I saw that they beat Florida last year, and I know they need defensive linemen."

Auburn: "I just like the total program at Auburn. I like the way they play defense."

Georgia: "Georgia has tradition. I also like their head coach, Mark Richt. He is a pretty cool dude. I've had the chance to speak to him a few times."

Florida "Well, I used to play with some of their players, so it's cool knowing some of their guys. I like the area, the coaching staff and their defensive scheme."

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