It’s been a big recruiting weekend across the country, as a host of big names made their decisions with June coming to a close. Not to be outdone, the Horned Frogs got in the act in the form of 6’5”, 250 pound Michael Nichols, a three star offensive tackle out of Justin, TX.
Nichols chose TCU from among five offers, including two of the Frogs’ biggest rivals in Baylor and SMU. A bit of a late riser, he impressed the TCU staff at a camp on the Horned Frogs’ campus, earning an offer on June 10th from Chris Thomsen, Gary Patterson, and the TCU staff. On Monday, he accepted.
A raw talent with room to grow, Nichols displays good strength at the point of attack and solid - if developing - footwork. He’s the kind of diamond in the rough that TCU, and specifically Thomsen, has had a lot of success with over the years.
Nichols is an unfailing humble kid, who seems genuinely amazed to be in the position he’s in. In an interview with a Jeremy Clark of 247 Sports, he said “it’s always surprising to me because a couple of months ago I didn’t expect any of this to happen,” he said. “I never thought a big school like TCU would offer. I never thought I would be able to go to a school like that.” He also seems like the kind of person who is going to stand by his commitment, no matter when he makes it or who offers down the line. “If it feels right, I’m not going to play the game; I’ll just do it,” Nichols said of a decision. “I’m not going to do a list; I don’t like it and think it’s a waste of time. I look at those things and think it’s pointless.” I don’t begrudge any kid their moment, but it sure is refreshing to hear that, isn’t it?!
The ninth commit in TCU’s class of 2020, Nichols is the second offensive lineman to make a pledge, joining Altrique Barlow, a three star guard out of Virginia. An offensive heavy group so far, he is the seventh player on that side of the ball. The Frogs’ class is currently ranked seventh in the Big 12 - but don’t be concerned; TCU is targeting need players in what will be a small class, and most seem to be old-school GP kind of players.
TCU append their season on August 31sr against Arkansas Pine-Bluff at Amon G Carter Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:00pm.