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Why Elite 4-Star OT Addison Nichols Set June 18 USC Official Visit

April 6, 2021

Although USC “missed out” on several of its top offensive line prospects the past couple of years, the Trojans still signed several future NFL players in those classes. But one source told us the goal going forward is, “To recruit at as high level on offense as we do on defense.”

That would mean signing a few of the Elite offensve linemen in the nation. Won’t be an easy task, but it’s absolutely doable for USC in 2022.

There are three or four big time West Coast targets USC has a very god shot at in Earnest Greene III‍, Josh Conerly Jr.‍, Malik Agbo‍, Dave Iuli‍ and a few others from the Southeast they have a shot at. There isn’t one from East of the Rockies USC has a greater shot at than with 4-Star All-American Bowl OT Addison Nichols‍ from Norcross (GA).

Nichols is being heavily pursued by most of the top football programs in the nation and has offers from USC, Ohio St., Tennessee, Alabama, Clemson, ASU, Auburn, duke, Florida, Florida St., Georgia, Georgia Tech, Iowa St., Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan St., NC St., North Carolina, Oklahoma, Penn St., Penn, Purdue, Stanford, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

USC SCOOP caught up with Nichols and shared why his interest is high in the Trojans, other schools coming at him hard, what he’s looking for in a school/football program, visit plans and much more. 

As of now Nichols has Official Visits Set for Georgia (6/4), Florida (6/11), USC (6/18) and Ohio St. (6/25).

Scott Schrader and Addison Nichols Q&A:

SS: Do you remember when you first started talking with USC?

AN: They were my third offer, freshman year. They didn’t really talk to me too much until sophomore year. 

SS: When they offered, was it a cool offer for you?

AN: I knew pretty much nothing at first. But I’ve been doing these Zoom calls and tours and I’ve been really impressed with the program they got there.

SS: You said USC would be one of the first schools you’d want to visit, is there a reason for that?

AN: I’ve just been so impressed with what I’ve learned on these calls. I want to experience it myself and get out there. Excited to get out there.

SS: You said your relationship with Dane is close, when did you start feeling that was a comfortable relationship?

AN: Last year, we talk every single day. About football, and regular things. He’s a regular guy.

SS: How do you know you can trust a coach?

AN: It’s like with Dane, it’s a feel thing. You kind of know how they’re speaking to you. You get the sense they really care about you. Understanding the context of how they’re speaking with you and the tone they’re speaking with.

SS: Did it help he’s from here?

AN: For sure, him having to relate moving from Georgia to LA. It really did help.

SS: What are some of the big selling points of why you should go to USC?

AN: The biggest thing so far is the entrepreneurship program they have. This past week, I had a Zoom meeting with the head of their business program. He told me about the program and I was extremely impressed. They are one of the few schools in the country that have that type of program where students can create a business and pitch it to investors. 

SS: Football-wise, what is USC offering you?

AN: I just talked to Jaxson Dart every day. He’s kind of giving me the player aspect of the culture. Being able to speak with him has definitely really helped. I’m happy with what he’s saying and I feel like the environment is something I’d fit in really well with. Everyone gets along and they know the only way to do is well to build a relationship with one another. The coaches do a great job too, they go to the beach on their off days together and have fun as well.

SS: How involved is Clay Helton?

AN: Somewhat, he’ll reach out now and then when I’m on Zoom. It’s really Coach Harrell and Coach Stevens. Harrell is a great guy and the funny thing is every time I talk to Harrell he’s always out in the sun. We joke around with him about that. He’s one of those coaches with a great connection with the players. Dart was telling me about how they talk and chat, sometimes not about football. I think that’s really cool and being able to do that and not just be football 24/7.

SS: Some players look at things outside of football when making a decision, is that for you as well?

AN: 100%, that’s one of the things that go through my mind when I’m going through school. Someone said when it’s spring, and there’s nothing to do, what are you going to do? All of those things would really factor into my decision. It would be a jump going out there so I would have to feel comfortable and that’s why a visit is vital.

SS: What are some other schools you have gotten close with?

AN: Ohio State, UGA, Florida, Tennessee, I really like them. I definitely want to go see the ones I haven’t seen. I have seen UGA and Tenessee so I want to see them one more time but I really want to go see schools that I haven’t. USC, Ohio State, and Florida are the three that are most important to visit.

SS: Do your parents have schools they are feeling?

AN: They do their best to make it my decision not theirs. But definitely, they push for academics, which USC does have. That’s what they push for. Even if I do get to the NFL, I have to get a job after. So getting a good degree is important.

SS: How much time is spent in recruiting?

AN: A lot. I would’ve cut it down by now if I could have gone on visits. Everynight there’s something I have to do(Zoom, FaceTime, Call). I actually have a call with Mack Brown later today.

SS: Are there other head coaches that are recruiting you that hard?

AN: Coach Smart, Coach Mullen, Coach Huepel.. Coach Day will text me here and there.

SS: Any coaches you like hitting up?

AN: I really like talking to Coach Dane Stevens. Coach Ellerbe at Tennessee is fantastic guy, super personal. Coach Stud, talking on the phone with him is great.Coach Luke from UGA, he’s really down to earth. Coach Hevesey..

SS: Where do you see USC as a football program?

AN: I see them as a high contender with the recruiting classes they’ve had. I think they’re going to have some good seasons coming up and definitely excited to see what they have this upcoming fall

SS: Have you seen Jaxson Dart’s film?

AN: I have, he’s impressive. He tells me, no one looked at me before his senior year and now he’s the MaxPreps player of the year!


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