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USC makes top five for 4-star OL Addison Nichols

Erik McKinney04/28/21
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USC offered virtually all of the top four and five-star offensive linemen across the country in the 2022 recruiting class and remain squarely in the mix for several. One of those is four-star offensive tackle Addison Nichols (Norcross, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian School), the No. 103 overall prospect in the nation.

He's far more than that though. Nichols might be the most interesting off-the-field recruit in his class.

The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder is a three-sport athlete, also participates on his high school's golf and track and field teams. He also plays three instruments (piano, guitar and the ukulele). He's an Eagle Scout and a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He's also heavily involved in many community service initiatives.

On the field, he's a tackle who could easily transition to guard at the next level and plays with tremendous aggression.

USC targeted Nichols fairly early in the process and the interest has been reciprocated. USC made the list of Nichols' final five schools that he announced on Wednesday. It'll be a tough recruiting to win out, with Florida, Georgia, Ohio State and Tennessee still heavily involved, but the Trojans will have a shot.


Nichols has planned a busy month of June, with official visits planned to all five programs. USC is scheduled to get the final trip from Nichols, at the end of June.

It's clear that Nichols is looking for football success as well as a path for when football ends, which USC is likely to use in its pitch to him.

Nichols is one of two Georgia linemen being pursued heavily by USC in this class, with four-star tackle Dayne Shor (Alpharetta, Ga./King's Ridge Christian School).

USC has done well to add bodies along the offensive line in the past two classes, but grabbing some elite prospects in 2022 is a high priority for the Trojans. Five-star linemen Devon Campbell (Arlington, Tex./Bowie) and Josh Conerly Jr. (Seattle/Rainier Beach) are top targets, along with local four-star Earnest Greene (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) and a few other West region prospects.