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2024 DB Terhyon Nichols Commits To Kentucky

Kentucky football didn't wait for July 4th to start the fireworks. Today, 4-star DB Tehryon Nichols announced his commitment to the University of Kentucky. He chose the Wildcats over Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State, and Cincinnati. The Cincinnati, Ohio native plays HS football at Withrow High School and is ranked as a top-300 recruit nationally while also being the #9 player in the state of Ohio.

This recruitment was extremely important for UK and coach Chris Collins. Since his arrival, Collins has gotten lots of talented DB's on campus for visits and closed on a decent amount of them. UK had missed on quite a few targets early this cycle and really shifted their full attention to locking up Nichols. They brought Nichols in for a visit June 5th and he followed that trip up with June visits to Cincinnati, Penn State, and most recently, Michigan.

I'm a football film connaisseur so I had to watch his junior year film and get a feel for who UK is getting in the Ohio talent. One thing that pops out just two highlights in: ELITE SPEED. In his film, the opposing team breaks off a big run on the opposite side of the field from Nichols. He recognizes it and makes up a 15-yard head start by the running back and makes the tackle. In a few zone coverage plays, he's flying to the ball and breaking it up. I noticed on his recruiting profile that he's measured at 6'0", 180lbs on 247Sports but his Twitter profile says 5'11" and 175lbs. Regardless, this guys plays bigger than that. Jamming taller, bulkier receivers at the line of scrimmage with ease and even knocking some to the ground. His hips looks really good when he's in coverage. He's able to shift his weight and break on a dime. If this guy can grow an inch or two and get to 210lbs, watch out.

I really have to credit Chris Collins on this recruitment. He refused to let this one get away and has now added a fantastic player to the secondary. This defensive class has me really excited for the future. Lots of athleticism, length, and speed heading to Lexington.


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